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Lizard Ecology: Historical and Experimental Perspectives [Hardcover]

Laurie J. Vitt , Eric R. Pianka


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July 3 1994

In a collection rich in implications for all fields of ecology, leading lizard ecologists demonstrate the utility of the phylogenetic approach in understanding the evolution of morphology, physiology, behavior, and life histories. Lizards, which are valued for their amenability to field experiments, have been the subject of reciprocal transplant experiments and of manipulations of resource availability, habitat structure, population density, and entire sections of food webs. Such experiments are rapidly rebuilding ecological theories as they apply to all organisms. As a demonstration of state-of-the-art historical and experimental research and as a call for philosophical engagement, this volume will join its predecessors--Lizard Ecology: A Symposium (Missouri, 1967) and Lizard Ecology: Studies of a Model Organism (Harvard, 1983)--in directing ecological research for years to come.



Lizard Ecology contains essays on reproductive ecology (Arthur E. Dunham, Lin Schwarzkopf, Peter H. Niewiarowski, Karen Overall, and Barry Sinervo), behavioral ecology (A. Stanley Rand, William E. Cooper, Jr., Emülia P. Martins, Craig Guyer, and C. Michael Bull), evolutionary ecology (Raymond B. Huey, Jean Clobert et al., Donald B. Miles, and Theodore Garland, Jr.), and population and community ecology (Ted Case, Robin M. Andrews and S. Joseph Wright, Craig D. James, and Jonathan B. Losos).


Originally published in 1994.


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"Organized into four theme areas containing a total of 14 topics, each [paper] is preceded by an insightful introduction written by a specialist in that area [and] . . . includes a section on future work and new questions that should be explored. . . . a welcome addition for anyone wishing to examne research in this fascinating field."--
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"The topics, [in this volume] represent an impressive diversity of approaches, ranging from detailed life-history studies of single species and in-depth analyses of lizard communities to broad-based comparisons of multiple traits across all groups of lizards. . . . [Lizard Ecology] not only provides a context in which to view these individual studies but opens a unique window on lizard ecology past, present, and future."--
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"This volume represents many new research thrusts, hot areas of ecological investigation, and efforts at synthesis. The editors are leaders in their field and the contributors respected scientists."--Roy McDiarmad, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.



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