I have always thought receiving a book is one of the best gifts ever. A couple months ago I recieved a gift copy of Dragonflies and Damselflies: Model Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research 2nd Edition, by Alex Cordoba-Aguilar (Editor), Christopher Beatty (Editor), Jason Bried (Editor).
I received the 1st edition as a gift also, years ago, and it was a huge review of various research on specific areas of research with Odonata and discussion of many aspects of their biology that still needs research. So, what we know, and what we want to know.
It turns out that the 2nd edition should have been titled Volume 2
because it was completely rewritten and and wonderfully expanded.
One the Amazon link above, their summary:
This research level text documents the latest advances in odonate biology and relates these to a broader ecological and evolutionary research agenda. Despite being one of the smallest insect orders, dragonflies offer a number of advantages for both laboratory and field studies. In fact, they continue to make a crucial contribution to the advancement of our broader understanding of insect ecology and evolution. This new edition provides a critical summary of the major advances in these fields.
The editors have carefully assembled a fresh set of contributions from a diverse geographic mix of both junior and senior researchers in dragonfly biology to offer new perspectives and paradigms as well as additional, unpublished data. These include theoretical and applied chapters (including those addressing conservation and monitoring) as well as a balance of emerging (e.g. molecular evolution) and established research topics, providing suggestions for future study in each case. This accessible text is not about dragonflies per se but is an essential source of knowledge that describes how different sets of evolutionary and ecological principles and ideas have been tested on a particular taxon.
Dragonflies and Damselflies is suitable for graduate students and researchers in entomology, evolutionary biology, population and behavioral ecology, community ecology, and conservation biology. It will be of particular interest and use to those working on insects and an indispensable reference text for odonate biologists.
If you click Look inside
on the Amazon page and scroll down you can see the extraordinary Table of Contents.
This book will become an indispensable guide to research on Odonates for grad students and scientists interested in entomological research.
I am on chapter 8 and savoring every word.
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