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Organism and Environment: Ecological Development, Niche Construction, and Adaptation

Sonia E. Sultan

Abstract

The biologically intimate, causally reciprocal relationship between organisms and their environments shapes individual adaptation, ecological communities, and selective evolution. The book synthesizes a wealth of new research findings to examine how environments influence phenotypic expression in individual organisms (ecological development or eco-devo) and how organisms in turn alter their environments (niche construction). A key argument is that ecological interactions as well as natural selection are shaped by these organism–environment effects. The book begins with a chapter on development ... More

Keywords: eco-devo, phenotypic plasticity, norm of reaction, G × interaction, epigenetics, transgenerational plasticity, eco-evolutionary feedbacks, environmental engineers, niche construction, natural selection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199587070
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587070.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonia E. Sultan, author
Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Wesleyan University