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By Orians, Gordon H.
Explores the role of evolution in human responses to the environment, beginning with why we have emotions and ending with evolutionary approaches to aesthetics. The author reveals how our emotional lives today are shaped by decisions our ancestors made centuries ago on African sa...vannas as they selected places to live.Read more
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By Beletsky, Les D.; Orians, Gordon H.
Drawing on data from their 16-year study of red-winged blackbirds in the marshes of Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, the authors of this text analyze the information redwings use to make breeding-season decisions and the consequences these decisions have for lifetime reproducti...ve success.Read more
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Our breath catches and we jump in fear at the sight of a snake. We pause and marvel at the sublime beauty of a sunrise. These reactions are no accident; in fact, many of our human responses to nature are steeped in our deep evolutionary past. The author explores the role of evolu...tion in human responses to the environment.Read more
By Jacobson, Michael; Charlson, Robert J.; Rodhe, Henning; Orians, Gordon H.
Over the decades, the study of cycles as a model for the earth's changing climate has become a new science. This work is aimed at those students interested in the emerging scientific discipline. It contains five additional chapters, but of special importance is the inclusion of a...n expanded set of student exercises.Read more
Edited by Orians, Gordon H.; Dirzo, Rodolfo; Cushman, J. Hall
Although biologists have directed much attention to estimating the extent and causes of species losses, the consequences for ecosystem functioning have been little studied.
Explores how blackbirds utilize their marsh environments during the breeding season. This work uses models derived from Darwin's theory of natural selection to predict the behavior and morphology of individuals as well as the statistical properties of their populations. It also p...rovides an overview of the structure of bird communities in marshes.Read more
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