The Life of David Lack: Father of Evolutionary Ecology

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Oxford University Press, Jun 1, 2013 - Science - 256 pages
Most people who have taken a biology course in the past 50 years are familiar with the work of David Lack, but few remember his name. Almost all general biology texts produced during that period have a figure showing the beak size differences among the finches of the Galapagos Islands from Lack's 1947 classic, Darwin's Finches. Lack's pioneering conclusions in Darwin's Finches mark the beginning of a new scientific discipline, evolutionary ecology. Tim Birkhead, in his acclaimed book, The Wisdom of Birds, calls Lack the 'hero of modern ornithology.' Who was this influential, yet relatively unknown man? The Life of David Lack, Father of Evolutionary Ecology provides an answer to that question based on Ted Anderson's personal interviews with colleagues, family members and former students as well as material in the extensive Lack Archive at Oxford University.
 

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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Birds of Cambridgeshire
1
The Life of the Robin
2
Darwins Finches
3
Robin Redbreast
4
The Natural Regulation of Animal Numbers
5
Swifts in a Tower
6
Enjoying Ornithology
8
Population Studies of Birds
9
Ecological Adaptations for Breeding in Birds
10
Ecological Isolation in Birds
11
Evolution Illustrated by Waterfowl
12
Island Biology
13
NOTES
23
INDEX
41

Evolutionary Theory and Christian Belief
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Ted R. Anderson is Emeritus Professor of Biology at McKendree University. Professor Anderson is the author of Biology of the Ubiquitous House Sparrow: From Genes to Populations (OUP 2006). He is retired and lives with his wife, Carol, in Kingston, Washington.

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