Lecture Notes in Biomathematics

Adaptation in Stochastic Environments

Editors: Yoshimura, Jin, Clark, Colin W. (Eds.)

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The classical theory of natural selection, as developed by Fisher, Haldane, and 'Wright, and their followers, is in a sense a statistical theory. By and large the classical theory assumes that the underlying environment in which evolution transpires is both constant and stable - the theory is in this sense deterministic. In reality, on the other hand, nature is almost always changing and unstable. We do not yet possess a complete theory of natural selection in stochastic environ­ ments. Perhaps it has been thought that such a theory is unimportant, or that it would be too difficult. Our own view is that the time is now ripe for the development of a probabilistic theory of natural selection. The present volume is an attempt to provide an elementary introduction to this probabilistic theory. Each author was asked to con­ tribute a simple, basic introduction to his or her specialty, including lively discussions and speculation. We hope that the book contributes further to the understanding of the roles of "Chance and Necessity" (Monod 1971) as integrated components of adaptation in nature.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Historical Remarks

    Yoshimura, Jin (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Fitness in Random Environments

    Cohen, Dan

    Pages 8-25

  • Density Dependent Life History Evolution in Fluctuating Environments

    Kisdi, Éva (et al.)

    Pages 26-62

  • Life History Evolution and Population Dynamics in Variable Environments: Some Insights from Stochastic Demography

    Orzack, Steven Hecht

    Pages 63-104

  • Plasticity in Fluctuating Environments

    León, Jesús Alberto

    Pages 105-121

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adaptation in Stochastic Environments
Editors
  • Jin Yoshimura
  • Colin W. Clark
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Biomathematics
Series Volume
98
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-51483-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-51483-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-56681-6
Series ISSN
0341-633X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 193
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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