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Section 1 1: Judith L. Bronstein: The Study of Mutualism 2: Angela E Douglas: The Special Case of Symbioses: Mutualisms with Persistent Contact Section 2 3: George D. Weiblen and Erin L. Treiber: Evolutionary Origins and Diversification of Mutualism 4: Erol Akcay: Evolutionary Models of Mutualism 5: Carina A. Baskett and Douglas W. Schemske: Evolution and Genetics of Mutualism 6: Joel L. Sachs: The Exploitation of Mutualisms 7: Bruce Anderson: Coevolution in Mutualisms Section 3 8: J. Nathaniel Holland: Population Ecology of Mutualism 9: Todd M. Palmer, Elizabeth G. Pringle, Adrian Stier and Robert D. Holt: Mutualism in a Community Context 10: Jason D. Hoeksema and Emilio M. Bruna: Context-Dependent Outcomes of Mutualistic Interactions 11: Jordi Bascompte and Jens M. Olesen: Mutualistic Networks 12: Nancy Collins Johnson: Mutualisms and Ecosystem Level Processes Section 4 13: E. Toby Kiers, Anthony R. Ives and Atsushi Kawakita: Global Change and Mutualisms 14: Rachael Winfree, Molly MacLeod, Tina Harrison, and Daniel P. Cariveau: Conserving and Restoring Mutualisms

About the Author

Judith L. Bronstein is University Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a joint appointment in the Department of Entomology, at the University of Arizona. She has published over 100 papers, primarily on mutualism; in addition to her studies on pollination and protection mutualisms, she has worked to develop a conceptual framework for this field since receiving her PhD. An award-winning instructor, she teaches ecology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of The American Naturalist and Advisory Editor for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Ecology. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Science Foundation in 2008.


It is difficult for any one person to provide an overview of mutualism biology, but Judith Bronstein has assembled a formidable team of authors for this edited volume, all experts in their field, who largely succeed in providing a snapshot of the state of the art of mutualism research. The inclusion of numerous information boxes by additional authors provides extra depth and supplementary viewpoints that increase the usefulness of the book.[...] highly relevant for general conservation biology, given the increasing recognition of the frequency of mutualistic interactions in the wild and how they shape both ecosystems and the life histories of particular species. * David Nash, Conservation Biology *
[T]his book is an impressive and important contribution to the field and I enthusiastically recommend it to readers [...]. This book will be particularly beneficial to graduate students developing ideas for independent research. It will also likely serve as the go-to reference for both basic and applied professionals who study species interactions. The engaging and clear language used throughout the book make it an accessible resource for public audiences and undergraduates as well. I look forward to reading about the research inspired by Mutualism. * Ecological Restoration Journal *
The book presents interesting, detailed information ... Recommended. * D. A. Brass, CHOICE *
One of the pleasures of reading Judith Bronsteinas marvelous new book is seeing that mutualism is no longer a problem. The apparent contradictions between what clearly is, and what ought to be, have by and large been resolved. There are not only solutions for mutualismas existence problem, but a wide array of new concepts, methods, and tools that take biologists in exciting new directions. The book both summarizes and moves beyond recent discoveries, suggesting fundamental questions to occupy both the next generation of students and those of us of less tender years. * Doug Boucher, Integrative and Comparative Biology *

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