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Evolutionary Biology Discussion

The Adaptive Landscape in Evolutionary Biology
Edited by Erik Svensson and Ryan Calsbeek

The 'Adaptive Landscape' has been a central concept in population genetics and evolutionary biology since this powerful metaphor was first formulated by Sewall Wright in 1932. Eighty years later, it has become a central framework in evolutionary quantitative genetics, selection studies in natural populations, and in studies of ecological speciation and adaptive radiations. Recently, the simple concept of adaptive landscapes in two dimensions (genes or traits) has been criticized and several new and more sophisticated versions of the original adaptive landscape evolutionary model have been developed in response. No published volume has yet critically discussed the past, present state, and future prospect of the adaptive landscape in evolutionary biology. This volume brings together prominent historians of science, philosophers, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists, with the aim of discussing the state of the art of the Adaptive Landscape from several different perspectives.

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PART I: Historical Background and Philosophical Perspectives

Week 1: Aug 31

Ch 1: A Shifting Terrain: A Brief History of the Adaptive Landscape

(pp 3-15) [13]

by Michael R. Dietrich and Robert A. Skipper, Jr.

Ch 2: Sewall Wright's Adaptive Landscape: Philosophical Reflections

(pp 16-25) [10]

by Robert A. Skipper, Jr. and Michael R. Dietrich

Ch 3: Landscapes, Surfaces and Morphospaces: What are they good for?

(pp 26-38) [13]

by Massimo Pigliucci

PART II: Controversies

Week 2: Sept 7

Ch 4: Wright's Adaptive Landscape vs Fisher's Fundamental Theorem

(pp 41-57) [17]

by Steven A. Frank

Week 3: Sept 14

Ch 5: Testing the Predictions of his Shifting Balance Theory

(pp 58-73) [16]

by Michael J. Wade

Ch 6: Wright's Shifting Balance Theory and Probability of Peak Shifts

(pp 74-86) [12]

by Charles J. Goodnight

PART III: Applications

Week 4: Sept 21

Ch 7: Fluctuating Selection and Dynamic Adaptive Landscapes

(pp 89-109) [21]

by Ryan Calsbeek, Thomas P. Gosden, Shawn R. Kuchta, and Erik I. Svensson

Week 5: Sept 28

Ch 8: The Adaptive Landscape in Sexual Selection Research

(pp 110-125) [16]

by Adam G. Jones, Nicholas L. Ratterman, and Kimberly A. Paczolt

Week 6: Oct 5

Ch 9: Analyzing and Comparing the Geometry of Individual Fitness Surfaces

(pp 126-149) [24]

by Stephen F. Chenoweth, John Hunt, and Howard D. Rundle

Week 7: Oct 12

Ch 10: Adaptive Accuracy and Adaptive Landscapes

(pp 150-168) [19]

by C. Pélabon, W. S. Armbruster, T. F. Hansen, G. Bolstad, and R. Pérez-Barrales

Week 8: Oct 19

Ch 11: Empirical Insights into Adaptive Landscapes from Experimental Evolution

(pp 169-179) [11]

by Tim F. Cooper

Ch 12: How Humans Influence Evolution on Adaptive Landscapes

(pp 180-202) [23]

by Andrew P. Hendry, Virginie Millien, Andrew Gonzalez, and Hans C. E. Larsson

PART IV: Speciation and Macroevolution

Week 9: Oct 26

Ch 13: Adaptive Landscapes and Macroevolutionary Dynamics

(pp 205-226) [22]

by Thomas F. Hansen

Week 10: Nov 2

Ch 14: Adaptive Dynamics: a Framework for Modeling

(pp 227-242) [16]

by Michael Doebeli

Week 11: Nov 9

Ch 15: Adaptive Landscapes, Evolution, and the Fossil Record

(pp 243-256) [14]

by Michael A. Bell

PART V: Development, Form, and Function

Week 12: Nov 16

Ch 16: Mimicry, Saltational Evolution, and the Crossing of Fitness Valleys

(pp 259-270) [12]

by Olof Leimar, Birgitta S. Tullberg, and James Mallet

Ch 17: High-dimensional Adaptive Landscapes Facilitate Evolutionary Innovation

(pp 271-282) [12]

by Andreas Wagner

Week 13: Nov 30

Ch 18: Phenotype Landscapes, Adaptive Landscapes, and the Development

(pp 283-295) [13]

by Sean H. Rice

PART VI: Concluding Remarks

Week 14: Dec 7

Ch 19: The Past, the Present, and the Future of the Adaptive Landscape

(pp 299-308) [10]

by Erik I. Svensson and Ryan Calsbeek