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Paperback 304 pp.
50 b/w illustrations, 189 mm x 246 mm



Publication date:
July 2012

Imprint: OUP UK

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Behavioural Responses to a Changing World

Mechanisms and Consequences

Edited by Dr. Ulrika Candolin and Dr. Bob B.M. Wong

Human-induced environmental change currently represents the single greatest threat to global biodiversity. Species are typically adapted to the local environmental conditions in which they have evolved. Changes in environmental conditions initially influence behaviour, which in turn affects species interactions, population dynamics, evolutionary processes and, ultimately, biodiversity. How animals respond to changed conditions, and how this influences population viability, is an area of growing research interest. Yet, despite the vital links between environmental change, behaviour, and population dynamics, surprisingly little has been done to bridge these areas of research.

Behavioural Responses to a Changing World is the first book of its kind devoted to understanding behavioural responses to environmental change. The volume is comprehensive in scope, discussing impacts on both the mechanisms underlying behavioural processes, as well as the longer-term ecological and evolutionary consequences. Drawing on international experts from across the globe, the book covers topics as diverse as endocrine disruption, learning, reproduction, migration, species interactions, and evolutionary rescue.

Readership : This accessible text is aimed at professional behavioural ecologists as well as graduate students of animal behaviour, ecology, evolution, and conservation. It will also be of relevance and use to a more general audience of global change biologists.

Nick Davies: Foreword
Ulrika Candolin and Bob Wong: Introduction
PART I: Mechanisms
1. Andrés López-Sepulcre and Hanna Kokko: Understanding behavioural responses and their consequences
2. Gil G. Rosenthal and Devi Stuart-Fox: Environmental disturbance and animal communication
3. Katherine L. Buchanan and Jesko Partecke: The endocrine system: can homeostasis be maintained in a changing world?
4. Culum Brown: Experience and learning in changing environments
PART II: Responses
5. Alexis S. Chaine and Jean Clobert: Dispersal
6. Phillip Gienapp: Migration
7. Ronald C. Ydenberg and Herbert H.T. Prins: Foraging
8. Anders Pape Møller: Reproductive behaviour
9. Daniel T. Blumstein: Social behaviour
10. Shelley E.R. Hoover and Jason M. Tylianakis: Species interactions
PART III: Implications
11. Josh Van Buskirk: Behavioural plasticity and environmental change
12. Fanie Pelletier and Dany Garant: Population consequences of individual variation in behaviour
13. Eric P. Palkovacs and Christopher M. Dalton: Ecosystem consequences of behavioural plasticity and contemporary evolution
14. Ben L. Phillips and Andy Suarez: The role of behavioural variation in the invasion of new areas
15. Ulrika Candolin and Bob Wong: Sexual selection in changing environments: consequences for individuals and populations
16. Rowan D.H. Barrett and Andrew P. Hendry: Evolutionary rescue under environmental change?
17. Richard Buchholz and Edward M. Hanlon: Ecotourism, wildlife management, and behavioural biologists: changing minds for conservation

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Ulrika Candolin is lecturer in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She received her PhD in 1998 from the University of Turku, Finland. Prior to her current appointment, she was senior lecturer at Department of Ecology and Evolution at Uppsala University, Sweden. Candolin has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, which have been cited more than 1000 times. Her work focuses on behavioural responses to human-induced environmental change, with an emphasis on sexually selected behaviours. Candolin has served as a member of the editorial board of Evolution and the Journal of Fish Biology. Bob Wong is a senior lecturer in behavioural and evolutionary ecology at Monash University, Australia. Wong received his PhD from the Australian National University in 2004 and has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles. Wong's research is mostly within the area of sexual selection and speciation, with recent papers exploring the impact of anthropogenic disturbance on animal mating systems and behaviour. His research has received considerable interest in the international press. He has given invited seminars in Australia, Europe and North America, and is currently serving as a reviews editor for the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

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Special Features

  • The first book of its kind to describe the central role that behaviour plays in mediating the response of populations to human-induced environmental changes
  • Discusses the impacts on both the mechanisms underlying behavioural processes, as well as the longer-term ecological and evolutionary consequences
  • Contributions from an international team of experts
  • Ideal graduate course material: comprehensive in scope and conceptual in focus