The famous geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky once wrote that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. This is certainly true about many of the ecological questions of interest to us. Life history patterns, for example, are shaped by selection. The ages at which individuals have offspring, when they disperse, and even when they die are the results of selection. We need to develop some concepts about the genetic properties of populations to help us understand questions in evolutionary ecology. In turn, we will consider the issue of variation within a species — a strictly genetic question — and then turn to questions at the interface between ecology and genetics.
KeywordsAllele Frequency Mixed Strategy Pure Strategy Diploid Organism Recessive Lethal
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