Soay Sheep: Dynamics and Selection in an Island Population

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Unlike most other large mammals, the Soay sheep population of Hirta in the St. Kilda archipelago show persistent oscillations, sometimes increasing or declining by more than 60% in a year. This study explores the causes of these oscillations and their consequences for selection on genetic and phenotypic variation within the population, drawing on studies over the past twenty years of the life-histories and reproductive careers of many sheep. It will be essential reading for vertebrate ecologists, demographers, evolutionary biologists and behavioral ecologists.


1. Individuals and populations T. H. Clutton-Brock and J. M. Pemberton; 2. The sheep of St Kilda T. H. Clutton-Brock, J. M. Pemberton, T. N. Coulson, I.R. Stevenson and A. D. C. MacColl; 3. Population dynamics in Soay sheep T. H. Clutton-Brock, T. N. Coulson, A. D. C. MacColl, A. Illius; M. Forchhammer. K. Wilson, J. Lindstrom, M. J. Crawley and S. D. Albon; 4. Vegetation and sheep population dynamics M. J. Crawley, S. D. Albon, D. R. Bazely, J. Milner, J. G. Pilkington and A. L. Tuke; 5. Parasites and their impact K. Wilson, B. T. Grenfell, J. G. Pilkington, H. E. G. Boyd and F. M. D. Gulland; 6. Mating patterns and male breeding success J. M. Pemberton, D. W. Coltman, J. A. Smith and D. A. Bancroft; 7. Selection on phenotype J. M. Milner, S. D. Albon, L. E. B. Kruuk and J. M. Pemberton; 8. Molecular genetic variation and selection on genotype J. M. Pemberton, D. W. Coltman, D. R. Bancroft, J. A. Smith and S. Paterson; 9. Adaptive reproductive strategies I. R. Stevenson, P. Marrow, B. T. Preston, J. M. Pemberton and K. Wilson; 10. The causes and consequences of instability T. H. Clutton-Brock; Appendix 1. The flora of St Kilda M. J. Crawley; Appendix 2. Inheritance of coat colour and horn type in Hirta Soay sheep D. W. Coltman and J. M. Pemberton; References.


Tim Clutton-Brock is Professor of Animal Ecology at the University of Cambridge. Josephine Pemberton is Reader in Molecular Ecology at the University of Edinburgh.


Advance praise for this book: ' A major, very important book in population biology, with first class contributors ... a most valuable contribution to the ecology literature. I recommend it most highly.' Charles J. Krebs, University of British Columbia 'A remarkable long-term study by a remarkable group of scientists ... a pleasure to read... exemplifies how great advances in animal ecology can be achieved through the cooperation of researchers with different skills and interests.' Marco Festa-Bianchet, Universite de Sherbrook 'Soay Sheep will undoubtedly become a classic text in population biology literature. The editors should be acknowledged for producing a book that, even with so many coauthors, follows a coherent style and contains careful cross-referencing across its chapters.' TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution
EAN: 9780521529907
ISBN: 0521529905
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2004
Seitenanzahl: 383 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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