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Models of Adaptive Behaviour
An Approach Based on State


  • Date Published: August 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521384803

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  • Models of Adaptive Behaviour sets out a framework for adaptive explanations of behaviour, and applies this to give analyses of a range of biological issues such as energetic gain, energy-predation trade-offs, dynamic games, state-dependent life histories, annual routines and fluctuating environments. It gives a definitive account of this exciting field, summarizing previous research, presenting material and suggesting directions for research. Organisms differ in terms of their state - for example in their size, energy relations or temperature - which often affects their behaviour. The framework adopted in this book takes this into account, and provides a common currency for comparing diverse actions. Ultimately this could lead to the development of state-dependent dynamic models. This book will be a revelation for graduate students and researchers interested in behavioural or evolutionary biology.

    • Authors are leading lights in this rapidly expanding field
    • Provides background into subject and pointers for future research
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    'I think this book will define a benchmark in behavioural ecology … This book deserves to be read (and reread) by a wide audience of scientists.' Animal Behaviour

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    • Date Published: August 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521384803
    • length: 390 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 156 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 45 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. States, actions and tradeoffs
    3. Dynamic optimization
    4. Maximizing the energy gained from foraging
    5. Risk-sensitive foraging
    6. The energy-predation trade-off
    7. Dynamic games
    8. State-dependent life history theory
    9. Routines
    10. Life histories in fluctuating environments

  • Authors

    Alasdair I. Houston, University of Bristol

    John M. McNamara, University of Bristol

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