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A primer of population biology

Author: Edward O Wilson; William H Bossert
Publisher: Stamford, Conn., Sinauer Associates [1971]
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Wilson, Edward O.
Primer of population biology.
Stamford, Conn., Sinauer Associates [1971]
(OCoLC)647048760
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward O Wilson; William H Bossert
ISBN: 0878939261 9780878939268
OCLC Number: 163381
Description: 192 pages illustrations 22 cm
Contents: 1. How to learn population biology --
The necessity of a quantitative approach --
How much genetics and mathematics are needed? --
How to construct a mathematical model --
2. Population genetics --
Definition of evolution --
Characteristics of mutations --
The magnitude of mutations --
Stability of gene frequencies --
The significance of sexual reproduction --
The agents of evolution --
Mutation pressure --
Meiotic drive --
Gene flow --
Natural selection: general principles --
Directional selection: quantitative theory --
Joint effects of mutation and selection. Joint effects of gene flow and selection --
Balanced polymorphism --
Genetic load --
Evolution in a heterogeneous environment --
Heritability and polygenic inheritance --
The fundamental theorem of natural selection --
Genetic drift --
The substitution of neutral genes --
3. Ecology --
The population basis of ecology --
Elementary population growth --
r and K selection --
Demography --
Predation --
Food webs and population stability --
The measurement of diversity --
Energy flow and population turnover --
Competition --
4. Biogeography: species equilibrium theory --
The area-species curve --
The equilibrium model --
Area and distance effects.
Responsibility: [by] Edward O. Wilson and William H. Bossert.

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