Über den Autor
Nicholas B. Davies FRS is Professor of Behavioural Ecology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College.rnJohn R. Krebs FRS is Principal of Jesus College and Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, and a member of the House of Lords.rnStuart West is Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford.
1. Natural selection, ecology and behaviour.rn2. Testing hypotheses in behavioural ecology.rn3. Economic decisions.rn4. Predators versus prey : evolutionary arms races.rn5. Competing for resources.rn6. Living in groups.rn7. Sexual selection, sperm competition and sexual conflict.rn8. Sex allocation.rn9. Parental care and family conflicts.rn10. Mating systems.rn11. Social behaviours : altruism to spite.rn12. Cooperation.rn13. Altruism and cooperation in the social insects.rn14. Communication.rn15. Conclusion.
This textbook helped to define the field of Behavioural Ecology. In this fourth edition the text has been completely revised, with new chapters and many new illustrations and full colour photographs. The theme, once again, is the influence of natural selection on behaviour - an animal's struggle to survive and reproduce by exploiting and competing for resources, avoiding predators, selecting mates and caring for offspring, - and how animal societies reflect both cooperation and conflict among individuals.rnStuart A. West has joined as a co-author bringing his own perspectives and work on microbial systems into the book.rnWritten in the same engaging and lucid style as the previous editions, the authors explain the latest theoretical ideas using examples from micro-organisms, invertebrates and vertebrates. There are boxed sections for some topics and marginal notes help guide the reader. The book is essential reading for students of behavioural ecology, animal behaviour and evolutionary biology.rnKey Features:n* Long-awaited new edition of a field-defining textbookn* New chapters, illustrations and colour photographsn* New co-authorn* Focuses on the influence of natural selection on behavior, and how animal societies reflect both cooperation and conflict among individualsrnVisit www.wiley.com/go/davies/behaviouralecology to access the artwork from the book.rn"The long-awaited update to a classic in this field is now here, presenting new directions in thinking and addressing burning questions. Richly informed by progress in many other disciplines, such as sensory physiology, genetics and evolutionary theory, it marks the emergence of behavioural ecology as a fully fledged discipline..... This is a marvellous book, written in a lucid style. A must-read for those in the field, it is also a cornucopia of new thinking for anyone interested in evolution and behaviour."rnManfred Milinski, Nature, 2012