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Alcock, John 1942-

Works: 37 works in 376 publications in 6 languages and 12,616 library holdings
Genres: Textbooks  Biography  History  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: QL751, 591.5
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about John Alcock
Most widely held works by John Alcock
Animal behavior : an evolutionary approach by John Alcock( Book )

184 editions published between 1975 and 2019 in 6 languages and held by 4,395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New edition of a text which has been extensively rewritten to incorporate new evidence and topics, such as the origins of insect flight. Stresses the utility of evolutionary theory in unifying the different behavioral disciplines. Sixteen chapters are organized into two major sections, one dealing with the proximate mechanisms of behavior and the other with the ultimate or evolutionary causes. They emphasize the role of theory and hypothesis-testing in science and the tentative nature of scientific conclusions, and identify controversial and unresolved issues. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
The triumph of sociobiology by John Alcock( )

33 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 2,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Triumph of Sociobiology, John Alcock reviews the controversy that has surrounded evolutionary studies of human social behavior following the 1975 publication of E.O. Wilson's classic, Sociobiology, The New Synthesis. Denounced vehemently as an ""ideology"" that has justified social evils and inequalities, sociobiology has survived the assault. Twenty-five years after the field was named by Wilson, the approach he championed has successfully demonstrated its value in the study of animal behavior, including the behavior of our own species. Yet, misconceptions remain-to our disadvantage. I
Exploring animal behavior : readings from American scientist by Paul W Sherman( Book )

39 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The articles in this collection are taken from the pages of American Scientist, an interdisciplinary magazine of science published since 1913 by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is an honor society for scientists and engineers that today has about 100,000 members in more than 500 chapters and clubs at universities and colleges, government laboratories, and industry research centers. Membership is by invitation, in recognition of research potential achievement. The mission of the Society is threefold: to foster interactions worldwide among science, technology, and society; to encourage appreciation for and support of original investigation in science and technology; and to honor scientific accomplishment. In addition to sponsoring national forums on topics related to its mission, the Society awards research grants annually to hundreds of promising graduate and undergraduate students. -- from back cover
The evolution of insect mating systems by Randy Thornhill( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and German and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sonoran Desert summer by John Alcock( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates the wide variety of life that flourishes in the summer in Arizona's Sonoran Desert
Sonoran Desert spring by John Alcock( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a desert garden : love and death among the insects by John Alcock( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A specialist in ecology uses humor and insight to detail the lives of the insects that live in the desert garden behind his Arizona home, in a study that reveals the complex interactions in a unique ecosystem, including the mating habits of scarab beetles, the problems of whiteflies and killer bees, and the life cycle of earwigs
An enthusiasm for orchids : sex and deception in plant evolution by John Alcock( Book )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What constitutes an adaptation, how do complex adaptations come into being, and where do species with their special attributes come from? Alcock explores these questions, explaining why some biologists think they know what adaptations are and how they arise and what species are.--Résumé de l'éditeur
The kookaburras' song : exploring animal behavior in Australia by John Alcock( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perspectives on animal behavior; a first course by Gordon Bermant( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The masked bobwhite rides again by John Alcock( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Despite its implacable, prehistoric appearance, the desert is a dynamic landscape, responsive to a myriad of influences. And as the population of the southwestern United States has exploded, humans have become the primary catalyst for desert change." "In The Masked Bobwhite Rides Again, naturalist and ecologist John Alcock explores the complex relationship between the desert and its human inhabitants through a collection of thoughtful and thought-provoking essays. Blending his keen eye for the nuances of desert life with a wealth of scientific knowledge, he takes us on a tour of "a land that has been through a host of changes ... some caused by slow-moving but inexorable geological and biological processes and others by fast-moving humans and our heavy-footed livestock."" "Alcock elegantly chronicles not only the changes wrought on the desert by people but also the ability of the desert to recover and rejuvenate if given the chance. He offers us hope through stories of small, tentative successes - such as the reintroduction of the masked bobwhite quail in southeastern Arizona - all the while gently but persistently prodding us to "maintain the biological heritage that ... has the capacity to enrich the lives of us all, if we would just respect it a little more.""--Jacket
After the wildfire : ten years of recovery from the Willow Fire by John Alcock( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Very few people have ever returned again and again to the site of a natural but disastrous wildfire. John Alcock is such a returnee who recorded the aftermath of the Willow Fire, which burned a large part of the Mazatzal Mountains in central Arizona in the summer of 2004. His book on the subject, Wildfire on the Mountain, describes what happened to the lower reaches of the Mazatzals in the following decade or so. By walking along the South Fork of Deer Creek in all seasons as the years passed, he was rewarded by seeing a remarkable recovery of plant life, which in turn fostered an equally satisfying return of animals to the area ranging from small insects to large mammals. In this book you will find an accessible account of what is known about the response of chaparral plants to fire and the creatures that re-inhabit these plants as they come back from a ferocious blaze. In a series of short chapters, the author introduces us to what he observed on his many walks along the South Fork where he saw the great spreadwing damselfly, the western meadowlark, the reintroduced elk, and many more animals. The questions stimulated by his observations led him to explore the relevant scientific literature which he decodes for his readers. This is a book of biological discovery, a celebration of the capacity of living things to re-occupy a devastated location, and an encouragement for others to engage the natural world, even one that has been burnt to the ground."
Biology : concepts and applications by Cecie Starr( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Accompanying CD-ROM covers topics in the same order as the text, with a quiz and flashcards for each chapter, as well as hundreds of animations, interactive sequences, and movies, and a link to the publisher's biology website
Animal behavior by Dustin R Rubenstein( Book )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comportamiento animal enfoque evolutivo by John Alcock( )

3 editions published in 1978 in Spanish and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A desert illuminated : cactus flowers of the Sonoran Desert by John Paul Schaefer( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Basic concepts in biology by Cecie Starr( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throwback tunes: classic rock by Peter Frampton( )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classic rock radio by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Musical group)( )

4 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biology : a human emphasis by Cecie Starr( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The triumph of sociobiology
The triumph of sociobiologyExploring animal behavior : readings from American scientistThe evolution of insect mating systemsSonoran Desert springIn a desert garden : love and death among the insectsAn enthusiasm for orchids : sex and deception in plant evolution
Alternative Names
John Alcock Amerikaans hoogleraar

John Alcock (Biologe) US-amerikanischer Biologe

올콕, 존 1942-

アルコック, ジョン

オルコック, ジョン