Sociality, Individual Fitness, and Population Dynamics
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- Author: Kenneth B. Armitage, University of Kansas
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Focusing on the physiological and behavioral factors that enable a species to live in a harsh seasonal environment, this book places the social biology of marmots in an environmental context. It draws on the results of a forty-year empirical study of the population biology of the yellow-bellied marmot near the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in the Upper East River Valley in Colorado, USA. The text examines life-history features such as body-size, habitat use, environmental physiology, social dynamics, and kinship. Considerable new data analyses are integrated with material published over a fifty-year period, including extensive natural history observations, providing an essential foundation for integrating social and population processes. Finally, the results of research into the yellow-bellied marmot are related to major ecological and evolutionary theories, especially inclusive fitness and population regulation, making this a valuable resource for students and researchers in animal behavior, behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, ecology and conservation.Read more
- Gathers the results of a forty-year research project on the yellow-bellied marmot, highlighting life-history features and describing how this species copes with and survives in a harsh environment
- Presents extensive natural history observations, providing an essential foundation for integrating social and population processes
- Discusses the role of sociality in its reproductive and evolutionary context
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"Armitage … presents a lifetime thesis (22 chapters in six parts) incorporating forty years of fieldwork, highlighting the yellow-bellied marmot as a representative example among the better-studied species from North America to Russia."
Dr Rajith Dissanayake, The Biologist
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- Date Published: July 2014
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- isbn: 9781139990691
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Table of Contents
Part I. The Diversity and Evolutionary History of Marmots:
1. Marmots in human culture: from folklore to research
2. Marmots: their history and diversity
3. Marmot habitats
4. Use of resources
5. Evolution of sociality
6. Body-mass variation
7. Hibernation energetics and the circannual rhythm
Part II. Biotic and Abiotic Environments:
8. The environment of the yellow-bellied marmot
9. Environmental physiology
Part III. Social Structure and Behavior of the Yellow-Bellied Marmot:
10. The role of kinship: resource sharing
11. The role of kinship: social behavior and matriline dynamics
12. Social behavior: play and individuality
14. Alarm responses of the yellow-bellied marmot
Part IV. Reproductive Success:
15. Male reproductive success
16. Female reproductive success
Part V. Population Dynamics:
17. Basic demography
18. Dispersal and immigration
19. Metapopulation dynamics
20. Population regulation or population limitation
Part VI. The Future of Marmots:
21. Climate change and conservation
22. Major life-history traits
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