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Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution$
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Julia Koricheva, Jessica Gurevitch, and Kerrie Mengersen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691137285

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691137285.001.0001

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Using Meta-analysis to Test Ecological and Evolutionary Theory

Using Meta-analysis to Test Ecological and Evolutionary Theory

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Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution

Michael D. Jennions

Christopher J. Lortie

Julia Koricheva

Princeton University Press

This chapter describes nine case studies that illustrate how meta-analysis has contributed to theoretical developments in basic research in ecology and evolution. The main research topics cover are maintenance of biodiversity (Case 1); sexual selection (mate choice/fighting behavior) (cases 2, 8, 9); sex ratio theory (Case 3); allometric scaling (Case 4); the invasiveness of exotic plants (Case 5); seed size and plant abundance (Case 6); and the role of competition and predation in structuring communities (Case 7). It is hoped that these case studies will resonate with the reader and provide “templates” for ways to conduct comparable tests on analogous controversies in their own fields of research.

Keywords:   ecology, evolutionary biology, meta-analysis, biodiversity, sexual selection, sex ratio theory, allometric scaling, invasive plants, plant abundance

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