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Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae$
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Tyler Carrier, Adam Reitzel, and Andreas Heyland

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786962

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786962.001.0001

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Marine Invertebrate Larvae: Model Life Histories for Development, Ecology, and Evolution

Marine Invertebrate Larvae: Model Life Histories for Development, Ecology, and Evolution

(p.306) Chapter 21 Marine Invertebrate Larvae: Model Life Histories for Development, Ecology, and Evolution
Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae
Alan C. Love, Richard R. Strathmann
Oxford University Press

We provide a conceptual framework for studies of the developmental and evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrate larvae and illustrate how contributions to this volume demonstrate both past achievements and the future fecundity of this research program. Our conceptual framework is anchored in the idea of model life histories, which is a category of investigation similar to but distinct from model organisms or model clades. Marine invertebrate larvae constitute a coherent, structured research program as model life histories that represent developmental, ecological, and evolutionary processes in different ways. They facilitate interdisciplinary investigation that integrates different approaches to diverse research questions about developmental mechanisms, evolutionary history, and adaptation, as well as providing a window on alterations of the marine environment due to anthropogenic climate change. Success in studies of model life histories provides a strong case for sustained professional, institutional, and financial support to carry these endeavors forward.

Keywords:   Adaptation, environmental change, interdisciplinary, larval origins, metamorphosis, models

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