This book is based upon the concept that “ecology and evolution are so closely intertwined as to be inseparable.” The author provides a thorough and detailed explanation that defines eco-evolutionary dynamics.
The early chapters in this book cover evolution topics such as selection, adaptation, and gene flow. It is filled with data sets and accompanying analysis. Many of the classic model organisms such as finches and stickleback fish are used as exemplars. The middle chapters cover ecological concepts such as community structure and population dynamics. Each chapter connects evolution to ecology, or ecology to evolution. The latter chapters of the book discuss the influence of genetics and “plastic variation.”
Throughout the book, the author supports his eco-evolutionary dynamics hypothesis, and also identifies its shortfalls. In many instances, the book describes current and historical studies while pointing out where more experiments need to be conducted. “Eco-evolutionary feedbacks at the community and ecosystem levels must be common, yet relatively few studies have formally tested for their action in the context of contemporary evolution.” The last chapter of the book sums up the current knowledge, and what still needs to be addressed.
Eco-evolutionary Dynamics reads somewhat like a textbook, and it is well documented. Over 66 pages of references are cited within the work. Teachers of advanced biology or professors would find this a useful book for professional growth. Many of the examples and graphs could be incorporated into an ecology or evolution lecture, as well as introducing the concept of eco-evolutionary dynamics. The concept of eco-evolutionary dynamics is a hypothesis that deserves a closer look.