Checkerspot butterflies have been used as an extraordinarily successful model system for more than four decades. This volume presents the first synthesis of the broad range of studies of that system as conducted in Ehrlich's research group in Stanford, in Hanski's research group in Helsinki and elsewhere. Ehrlich's long - term research project on Edith's checkerspot helped establish an intergrated disipline of population biology in the 1960s and ever since has contributed many fundamental insights into the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of populations. Hanski's and his associates' work an the Glanville fritillary for the past 14 years has been instrumental in establishing the field of metapopulation biology and showing how theoretical and empirical
work can be effectively combined in the same project.
Readership: Students and scholars of population biology, ecology and his volume covers an overview of taxonomy and ecology of checkerspot butterflies; population structure and dynamics of the two focal species and comparisons with other species; reproductive biology; larval biology; natural enemies; dispersal behavior; evolutionary metapopulation dynamics; genetics; implications for conducting research on model systems in population biology and messages for conservation.
Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, and Ilkka Hanski, Professor, Department of Ecology and Systematics, University of Helsinki
Paul R. Ehrlich and Ilkka Hanski: Personal Prefaces
1: Paul R. Ehrlich and Ilkka Hanski: Checkerspot Research: Background and Origins
2: Dennis D. Murphy, Niklas Wahlberg, Ilkka Hanski, Paul R. Ehrlich: Introducing Checkerspots: Taxonomy and Research
3: Jessica J. Hellmann, Stuart B. Weiss, John F. McLaughlin, Paul R. Ehrlich, Dennis D. Murhpy, and Alan E. Launer: Structure and Dynamics of Euphydryas edith Populations
4: Structure and Dynamics of Melitea cinxia Metapopulations
5: Carol L. Boggs and Marko Nieminen: Checkerspot Reproductive Biology
6: Michael C. Singer: Oviposition Preference: Its Measurement, its Correlates and its Importance in the Life of Checkerspots
7: Mikko Kuussaari, Saskya van Nouhuys, Jessican Hellmann, and Michael C. Singer: Larval Biology of Checkerspots
8: Saskya van Nouhuys and Ilkka Hanski: Natural Enemies of Checkerspots
9: Michael C. Singer and Ilkka Hanski: Dispersal Behavior and Evolutionary Metapopulation Dynamics
10: Ilik J. Saccheri, Carol L. Boggs, Ilkka Hanski, Paul R. Ehrlich: Genetics of Checkerspot Populations
11: Niklas Wahlberg, Paul R. Ehrlich, Carol L. Boggs, and Ilkka Hanski: Bay Checkerspot and Glanville Fritillary Compared with Other Species
12: Ilkka Hanski, Jessica J. Hellmann, Carol L. Boggs, and John F. McLaughlin: Checkerspots as a Model System in Population Biology
13: Ilkka Hanski, Paul R. Ehrlich, Marko Nieminen, Dennis D. Murphy, Jessica J. Hellmann, Carol L. Boggs, and John F. McLaughlin: Checkerspots and Conservation Biology
14: Paul R. Ehrlich, Ilkka Hanski, and Carol L. Boggs: What have we Learned?
15: Ilkka Hanski and Paul R. Ehrlich: Afterword: A Look to the Future