Field Experiments, Introductions, and Experimental Evolution

Duncan J. Irschick and David Reznick

in Experimental Evolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247666
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944473 | DOI:
Field Experiments, Introductions, and Experimental Evolution

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This chapter discusses the role of field experiments in experimental evolution. Field experiments come in different forms, but the most widely discussed method in the context of evolution is field introduction. The chapter provides a practical guide for researchers interested in experimental evolution and field introductions. It begins by differentiating different kinds of field experiment (replacement experimental methods and live-animal introductions) with regard to the study of evolution, and then discusses specific considerations for these different kinds of study. The chapter also examines the unique advantages of field introductions for addressing evolutionary issues.

Keywords: field experiments; experimental evolution; field introduction; replacement experimental methods; live-animal introductions

Chapter.  9964 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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