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Alcock, John 1942-

Works: 35 works in 346 publications in 6 languages and 12,482 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: QL751, 591.5
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Most widely held works about John Alcock
Most widely held works by John Alcock
Animal behavior : an evolutionary approach by John Alcock( Book )

159 editions published between 1975 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 4,206 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
Exploring animal behavior : readings from American scientist by Paul W Sherman( Book )

37 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 1,013 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 triumph of sociobiology by John Alcock( Book )

30 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 833 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. In this straight-forward, objective approach to the sociobiology debate, noted animal behaviorist John Alcock illuminates how sociobiologists study behavior in all species. He confronts the chief scientific and ideological objections head on, with a compelling analysis of case histories that involve such topics as sexual jealousy, beauty, gender difference, parent-offspring relations, and rape. In so doing, he shows that sociobiology provides the most satisfactory scientific analysis of social behavior available today.; Alcock challenges the notion that sociobiology depends on genetic determinism while showing the shortcoming of competing approaches that rely on cultural or environmental determinism. He also presents the practical applications of sociobiology and the progress sociobiological research has made in the search for a more complete understanding of human activities. His reminder that "natural" behavior is not "moral" behavior should quiet opponents fearing misapplication of evolutionary theory to our species. The key misconceptions about this evolutionary field are dissected one by one as the author shows why sociobiologists have had so much success in explaining the puzzling and fascinating social behavior of nonhuman animals and humans alike
The evolution of insect mating systems by Randy Thornhill( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and German and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sonoran Desert summer by John Alcock( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and held by 555 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 )

10 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The kookaburras' song : exploring animal behavior in Australia by John Alcock( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 402 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 400 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
Perspectives on animal behavior; a first course by Gordon Bermant( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book reviews a variety of evolutionary themes and uses the small terrestrial orchids of Australia to introduce and illustrate these themes. Among the topics explored are the competing ideas of biologists who use the theory of natural selection when examining possible adaptations (such as the ability of orchid flowers to attract special pollinators) and those who reject this approach, including creationists as well as the late Stephen Jay Gould. Darwin’s own ideas on the topic are reviewed as his work on adaptive plant behavior, given that orchids provide examples of flowers with moving parts. In addition, the book outlines the ability of evolutionary biologists to trace the origin and subsequent modification of complex traits like the extraordinarily unusual flowers of certain orchids. The book also employs Australian orchids to demonstrate the challenges of determining what a species is and how to preserve the biodiversity that still exists in the world
The masked bobwhite rides again by John Alcock( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 315 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
Das Verhalten der Tiere aus evolutionsbiologischer Sicht : mit 37 Tabellen by John Alcock( Book )

11 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the wildfire : ten years of recovery from the Willow Fire by John Alcock( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 75 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."
Animal behavior : das Original mit Übersetzungshilfen ; an evolutionary approach by John Alcock( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 54 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 11 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

Acoustic behaviour of insects : an evolutionary perspective by Winston J Bailey( Book )

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

The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems by Randy Thornhill( )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the rains come : a naturalist's year in the Sonoran Desert by John Alcock( Book )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The triumph of sociobiology
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

Exploring animal behavior : readings from American scientistThe triumph of sociobiologyThe evolution of insect mating systemsSonoran Desert springIn a desert garden : love and death among the insectsAn enthusiasm for orchids : sex and deception in plant evolutionDas Verhalten der Tiere aus evolutionsbiologischer Sicht : mit 37 TabellenAnimal behavior : das Original mit Übersetzungshilfen ; an evolutionary approach