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Coevolution - reciprocal evolutionary change in interacting species driven by natural selection - is one of the most important ecological and genetic processes organizing the earth's biodiversity: most plants and animals require coevolved interactions with other species to survive and reproduce. The Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution analyzes how the biology of species provides the raw material for long-term coevolution, evaluates how local coadaptation forms the basic module of coevolutionary change, and explores how the coevolutionary process reshapes locally coevolving interactions across the earth's constantly changing landscapes. Picking up where his influential The Coevolutionary Process left off, John N. Thompson synthesizes the state of a rapidly developing science that integrates approaches from evolutionary ecology, population genetics, phylogeography, systematics, evolutionary biochemistry and physiology, and molecular biology. Using models, data, and hypotheses to develop a complete conceptual framework, Thompson also draws on examples from a wide range of taxa and environments, illustrating the expanding breadth and depth of research in coevolutionary biology.

"In "The Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution," John Thompson provides an invaluable synthesis of empirical evidence for coevolutionary processes in a wide range of interactions, a compelling case for the importance of understanding these processes in both natural and human-altered systems, and a conceptual framework for conducting studies on coevolution. . . . "The Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution" is an important and intellectually satisfying work that should appeal to a broad range of biologists."--Peter Thrall "Trends in Ecology and Evolution ""Thompson's emphasis on the implications of spatially varying selection will help us to better understand the evolution of interspecific interactions. His fieldwork and his theoretical collaborations will be cited for many years to come. There is no more authoritative source for the latest research in one of the most important areas of evolutionary biology."--Peter A. Abrams"American Scientist" (01/01/2006)"""While this book expands upon his prior works, the ideas contained within this book are well organized and clearly presented, such that interested parties need not necessarily have read his prior books to fully grasp his current thinking on coevolution. . . . "The geographic mosaic of coevolution" not only builds on, but also improves upon, Thompson's prior books. Thompson's evolving view of coevolution presented in this book will be influential, as it raises many questions that will stimulate much research at the interface of ecology and evolution....The book includes a discussion of quantitative models of coevolution, while also providing practical how to suggestions for the empirical study of coevolution. This book should be read by all with interests in coevolution, and warrants reading more generally by biologists with broad interests in evolutionary ecology, species interactions, natural selection, adaptation, and among other topics, spatio-temporal dynamics of natural systems." J./i>

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  • PDF | 400 pages
  • John N Thompson(Author)
  • University of Chicago Press (12 July 2005)
  • English
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  • Science & Nature

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