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Experimental EvolutionConcepts, Methods, and Applications of Selection Experiments$
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Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247666

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247666.001.0001

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Fitness, Demography, and Population Dynamics in Laboratory Experiments

Fitness, Demography, and Population Dynamics in Laboratory Experiments

(p.196) (p.197) 9 Fitness, Demography, and Population Dynamics in Laboratory Experiments
Experimental Evolution

Laurence D. Mueller

University of California Press

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

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