Evolutionary Biology and Ecology are gradually moving towards one
another, but often times progress seems to come more through a
"random walk in the dark" than through planned and coherent
theoretical synthesis. Although this book doesn't claim to have all
the answers, it provides a fascinating glimpse into what key
aspects of such a synthesis may look like. Divided into eight
'chapter essays' this book: .Re-evaluates the niche concept,
emphasizing just how essential it may be for the future of
Evolutionary Ecology. .Looks at an entirely new method of modeling
evolutionary phenomena in terms of the niche concept using
ideal-gas law like equations. .Re-evaluates the idea of the vacant
niche in Ecology and posits a new 'negative species' concept.
.Examines the Evolutionary Ecology of orchids. .Explores the
implications for evolution if Ecosystems behave as superorganisms.
.Considers theoretical scenarios that could allow the Earth's Gaia
system to satisfy a key criteria of life namely reproduction.
.Applies semiotics to aid in understanding the dynamics of agency
in Conservation Biology. .Looks at the potential application and
implications of technoecology for Environmentalism. Literally no
theoretical stone is left unturned in this book's relentless quest
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