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"West has great command of a vast body of theory and empirical work,
this book does more than synthesize existing literature. West explains
what has been accomplished, where the field has failed to clear things
up, and what needs to be done. Anyone working on sex allocation can
start with this book and get a firm grasp of the concepts, experiments,
comparative observations, and key outstanding questions." -- Steven A.
Frank, University of California, Irvine .
"This is a great book. It captures the excitement of sex-allocation
research, the significant progress that has been made, and the areas
that have been relatively neglected. West does a great job of showing
the tight connection between evolutionary theory and empirical testing,
and the ways both can mutually inspire each other. He deals with all
the major issues and guides the reader through the entire field." --
Jacobus J. Boomsma, University of Copenhagen.
Recent decades have witnessed an explosion of theoretical and empirical
studies of sex allocation, transforming how we understand the
allocation of resources to male and female reproduction in vertebrates,
invertebrates, protozoa, and plants. In this landmark book, Stuart West
synthesizes the vast literature on sex allocation, providing the
conceptual framework the field has been lacking and demonstrating how
sex-allocation studies can shed light on broader questions in
evolutionary and behavioral biology.
West clarifies fundamental misconceptions in the application of theory
to empirical data. He examines the field's successes and
describes the research areas where much important work is yet to be
done. West reveals how a shared underlying theoretical framework unites
findings of sex ratio variation across a huge range of life forms, from
malaria parasites and hermaphroditic worms to sex-changing fish and
mammals. He shows how research into sex allocation has been central to
many critical questions and controversies in evolutionary and
behavioral biology, arguing that sex-allocation research serves as a
key testing ground for different theoretical approaches and can help
resolve current debates about social evolution, parent-offspring
conflict, genomic conflict, and levels of selection.
Certain to become
the defining book on the subject for
generation of researchers, Sex Allocation explains why the study of sex
allocation provides an ideal model system for advancing our
understanding of the constraints on adaptation among all living things
in the natural world.
Stuart West is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of
978-0-691-08964-5 Paper $45.00S
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488 pages. 107 line illus. 15 tables. 6 x 9.
Monographs in Population Biology
Simon A. Levin and Henry S. Horn, Series Editors