DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES
Model Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research
Alex Córdoba-Aguilar, editor
2008, b/w photos, drawings, graphs, tables. This book documents recent advances in odonate biology and relates these to a broader ecological and evolutionary research agenda. Despite being one of the smallest insect orders, dragonflies offer a number of advantages for both laboratory and field studies. In fact, they have been crucial to the advancement of our understanding of insect ecology and evolution. The book provides a critical summary of the major advances in these fields.
Contributions from many of the leading researchers in dragonfly biology offer new perspectives and paradigms as well as additional unpublished data. The editor has carefully assembled a mix of theoretical and applied chapters (including those addressing conservation and monitoring) and achieves a balance of emerging and established research topics, providing suggestions for future study in each case. This accessible text is not about dragonflies per se but an essential source of knowledge that describes how different sets of evolutionary and ecological principles/ideas have been tested on a particular taxon. It is suitable for graduate students, and researchers in entomology, evolutionary biology, population and behavioral ecology, and conservation biology. It is of particular interest and use to those working on insects and an indispensable reference for odonate biologists. Paperback; 7-1/2 x 9-7/8″.
About the Editor – Alex Córdoba-Aguilar received his PhD from Sheffield University (UK) in 1999 and since 2003 has been working as a researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He and his students have studied the ecology and evolution of several insect species using mainly dragonflies as study subjects.
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