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Behavioural Responses to a Changing WorldMechanisms and Consequences$
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Ulrika Candolin and Bob B.M. Wong

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199602568.001.0001

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Behavioural plasticity and environmental change

Behavioural plasticity and environmental change

(p.145) Chapter 11 Behavioural plasticity and environmental change
Behavioural Responses to a Changing World

Josh Van Buskirk

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the role of behavioural plasticity under rapid environmental change, including the kinds of changing conditions expected under anthropogenic climate change. It looks into how this role arises as a result of behavioural modes of plasticity being common and permits relatively rapid and reversible responses to changing conditions. It discusses some key issues regarding the role of plasticity such as the degree to which behavioural plasticity improves individual fitness, and the impact that plasticity has on population persistence. It examines how behavioural plasticity accounts for most of the observed phenotypic response to environmental change, and also enumerates some population-level consequences of plasticity have enabled reduced population declines.

Keywords:   behavioural plasticity, rapid environmental change, anthropogenic climate change, individual fitness, population persistence, population declines

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