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The Adaptive Landscape in Evolutionary Biology
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The Adaptive Landscape in Evolutionary Biology

Erik Svensson and Ryan Calsbeek


This book aims to present different voices and perspectives on the adaptive landscape, its past, present, and future position in evolutionary biology. Chapters have been written by scientists in different fields, including ecology, evolution, developmental biology, genetics, history of science and philosophy. The idea for this book came a few years ago, as the 80-year anniversary of Sewall Wright's classic paper was approaching rapidly (2012). This seemed to be an excellent opportunity to summarize the state of the art of the adaptive landscape. The hope is that this volume won't mark the end ... More

Keywords: adaptation, fitness, Fisher, fitness surface, selection gradients, speciation, Wright

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199595372
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595372.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Svensson, editor
Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden

Ryan Calsbeek, editor
Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, USA

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Part I Historical Background and Philosophical Perspectives

Part II Controversies: Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem Versus Sewall Wright’s Shifting Balance Theory

Part III Applications: Microevolutionary Dynamics, Quantitative Genetics, and Population Biology

Part IV Speciation and Macroevolution

Part V Development, Form, and Function

Part VI Concluding Remarks