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The Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution

John N. Thompson

The Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution
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John N. Thompson

400 pages | 11 halftones, 94 line drawings, 7 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2005
Cloth $94.00 ISBN: 9780226797618 Published June 2005
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226797625 Published June 2005
E-book $7.00 to $35.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226118697 Published June 2005
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.
Peter Thrall | Trends in Ecology and Evolution
"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 A. Abrams | American Scientist
"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."
J. Nathaniel Holland | Ecology
"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. Nathaniel Holland, Ecology


Peter A. Abrams | American Scientist
"John Thompson has arguably contribuded more to our understanding of coevolution than has any other living scientist. . . . There is no doubt that 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."
Root Gorelick | Plant Science Bulletin
"[The book] shines in presenting gorgeous theoretical work supporting the geographic mosaic theory of coevolution. . . . Read this book. Savor the intricate details and appreciate the marriage of nascent data with nascent theory. If the devil is in the details, then this book will certainly please."
Gimme Walter | Austral Ecology
"All with an interest in evolution and ecology must consult this book, if only to scrutinize how the Geographic Mosaic grapples with an awkward dichotomy that is too frequently ignored in evolutionary ecology."
Mark F. Dybdahl | Ecoscience
"This book is clearly essential reading for both ecologists and evolutionary biologists studying species interaction and coevolution. It offers a very comprehensive review of the state of the art for coevolutionary studies. In fact, there is no other book available with such a thorough and extensive review across taxa and across the full range of coevolutionary interactions."
Ethan J. Temeles | The Auk
"Given its attempt to understand coevolution at all levels, from viruses and hosts to lions and their prey, The Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution belongs on everyone's bookshelf."
Ragan M. Callaway | Bioscience
"For ecologists focused on the importance of species interactions to the conceptual issues of community theory, the book is a wealth of new ideas. . . . Thompson's fundamental goal is to squarely identify the process of coevolution as a foundational biological principle. I think he succeeds."
Michelle Tseng and Loren H. Rieseberg | Quarterly Review of Biology
"The strength of Thompson's monograph lies in his painstaking descriptions of the rich natural history of coevolving organisms and the geographic variation in their interacitons. He leaves no doubt that geography does matter for an array of topics."
Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments
Part 1 - The Framework of Coevolutionary Biology
1. The Overall Argument
2. Raw Materials for Coevolution I: Populations, Species, and Lineages
3. Raw Materials for Coevolution II: Ecological Structure and Distributed Outcomes
4. Local Adaptation I: Geographic Selection Mosaics
5. Local Adaptation II: Rates of Adaptation and Classes of Coevolutionary Dynamics
6. The Conceptual Framework: The Geographic Mosaic Theory of Coevolution
7. Coevolutionary Diversification
8. Analyzing the Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution
Part 2 - Specific Hypotheses on the Classes of Coevolutionary Dynamics
9. Antagonists I: The Geographic Mosaic of Coevolving Polymorphisms
10. Antagonists II: Sexual Reproduction and the Red Queen
11. Antagonists III: Coevolutionary Alternation and Escalation
12. Mutualists I: Attenuated Antagonism and Mutualistic Complementarity
13. Mutualists II: The Geographic Mosaic of Mutualistic Symbioses
14. Mutualists III: Convergence within Mutualistic Networks of Free-Living Species
15. Coevolutionary Displacement
16. Applied Coevolutionary Biology
Appendix: Major Hypotheses on Coevolution
Literature Cited

Index
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