Fitness, Demography, and Population Dynamics in Laboratory Experiments

Laurence D. Mueller

in Experimental Evolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247666
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944473 | DOI:
Fitness, Demography, and Population Dynamics in Laboratory Experiments

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This chapter discusses the interweaving of problems in ecology and evolution. Early in the history of these fields, topics such as population dynamics were relegated to the realm of ecology, while the fields of evolution and population genetics considered problems like fitness components and methods for their estimation, ignoring ecological context. But over the course of the twentieth century, the evolution of population-growth rates became the focus of experimental studies, as well as the impact of life cycles and population regulation on fitness measurements and evolution. In this chapter, ecological and evolutionary studies of population dynamics are presented. These include studies on population growth, estimation of fitness in populations, and dynamics of populations with age structure.

Keywords: ecology; evolution; population dynamics; population genetics; population growth; fitness

Chapter.  8320 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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