Current Ornithology by Robert E. Ricklefs (auth.), Richard F. Johnston (eds.)

By Robert E. Ricklefs (auth.), Richard F. Johnston (eds.)

The visual appeal of the 1st quantity of a projected sequence is the party for touch upon scope, goals, and genesis of the paintings. The scope of present Ornithology is the entire biology of birds. Ornithology, as a whole-organism technology, is anxious with birds at each point of bi­ ological association, from the molecular to the group, at the least from the Jurassic to the current time, and over each scholarly self-discipline within which fowl biology is completed; to assert this is often in basic terms to extend a dic­ tionary definition of "ornithology. " the purpose of the paintings, to be discovered over numerous volumes, is to offer stories or place statements con­ cerning the energetic fields of ornithological examine. The reports should be quite brief, and sometimes could be performed from the point of view of a simply­ pointed out crew or college. this kind of paintings may have come into being at any time in the earlier fifty years, yet that present Ornithology looks now could be because of the occasions which are basically seven to 8 years previous. One very important occasion used to be the initiation in 1975-1976 of the Workshop on a countrywide Plan for Ornithology, lower than the directorship of James R. King and Walter J. Bock, cosponsored through the yank Ornithologists' Union and the Na­ tional technological know-how origin. a part of the Workshop's pursuits lay in pub­ lications assets, and sure varieties of details on courses have been received via a questionnaire.

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These considerations are commonly referred to as "bet hedging" (Stearns, 1976). 1. f- and K-Selection In an increasing population, young born today are more valuable, in terms of their contribution to fitness, than young born in the future. Each of today's offspring is a larger proportion of the total population than an individual born in a larger population in the future. Under conditions that favor rapid population growth, selection is generally thought to favor early reproduction and high fecundity over delayed reproduction and high adult survival (MacArthur and Wilson, 1967; Pianka, 1970).

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