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Models of Adaptive Behaviour An Approach Based on State by Alasdair I. (University of Bristol) Houston, John M. (University of Bristol) McNamara
  

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Models of Adaptive Behaviour An Approach Based on State by Alasdair I. (University of Bristol) Houston, John M. (University of Bristol) McNamara

Models of Adaptive Behaviour sets out a framework for adaptive explanations of behaviour, and applies this to give analyses of a range of biological issues such as energetic gain, energy-predation trade-offs, dynamic games, state-dependent life histories, annual routines and fluctuating environments. It gives a definitive account of this exciting field, summarizing previous research, presenting material and suggesting directions for research. Organisms differ in terms of their state - for example in their size, energy relations or temperature - which often affects their behaviour. The framework adopted in this book takes this into account, and provides a common currency for comparing diverse actions. Ultimately this could lead to the development of state-dependent dynamic models. This book will be a revelation for graduate students and researchers interested in behavioural or evolutionary biology.

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'I think this book will define a benchmark in behavioural ecology ... This book deserves to be read (and reread) by a wide audience of scientists.'
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Book Info

Publication date

19th August 1999

Author

Alasdair I. (University of Bristol) Houston, John M. (University of Bristol) McNamara

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Paperback
390 pages

Categories

Animal behaviour
Ecological science, the Biosphere

ISBN

9780521655392

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