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The Life of David Lack: Father of Evolutionary Ecology

The Life of David Lack: Father of Evolutionary Ecology

Ted R Anderson

Most people who have taken a biology course in the past 50 years are familiar with the work of David Lack, but few remember his name. Almost all general biology texts produced during that period have a figure showing the beak size differences among the finches of the Galapagos Islands from Lack's 1947 classic, 'Darwin's Finches'. Lack's pioneering conclusions in 'Darwin's Finches' mark the beginning of a new scientific discipline, evolutionary ecology. Tim Birkhead, in his acclaimed book, Wisdom of Birds calls Lack the 'hero of modern ornithology.' Who was this influential, yet relatively unknown man? This book provides an answer to that question based on Ted Anderson's personal interviews with colleagues, family members and former students as well as material in the extensive Lack Archive at Oxford University. 352 hours.

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