An Introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology, Evolution, by Stanton Braude, Bobbi S. Low

By Stanton Braude, Bobbi S. Low

This designated textbook introduces undergraduate scholars to quantitative types and techniques in ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation. It explores the center recommendations shared through those comparable fields utilizing instruments and sensible talents similar to experimental layout, producing phylogenies, simple statistical inference, and persuasive supply writing. And members use examples from their very own state of the art examine, offering diversified perspectives to interact scholars and increase their understanding.

this can be the one textbook at the topic that includes a collaborative "active studying" strategy that emphasizes hands-on studying. each bankruptcy has workouts that let scholars to paintings at once with the cloth at their very own velocity and in small teams. each one challenge comprises facts provided in a wealthy array of codecs, which scholars use to reply to questions that illustrate styles, ideas, and strategies. subject matters variety from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and inhabitants powerful dimension to optimum foraging and indices of biodiversity. The publication additionally contains a entire glossary.

as well as the editors, the participants are James Beck, Cawas Behram Engineer, John Gaskin, Luke Harmon, Jon Hess, Jason Kolbe, Kenneth H. Kozak, Robert J. Robertson, Emily Silverman, Beth Sparks-Jackson, and Anton Weisstein.

  • Provides adventure with speculation checking out, experimental layout, and medical reasoning
  • Covers middle quantitative versions and strategies in ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation
  • Turns "discussion sections" into "thinking labs"

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Taxonomic classifica­ tions are meant to be practical, and not indicative of actual evolutionary relationships. As scholars accepted Darwin’s claim that all species have common ancestors (and are therefore related in a treelike way), many researchers sought to uncover and organize these relation­ ships. Phylogenetics involves reconstructing this “tree of life” using data from morphology, genetics, and behavior. In 1950 the German entomologist Willi Hennig proposed cladistics, the method most phylogeneticists currently use to make phylogenetic trees.

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