The twenty-one papers in this volume, centred on the theme of Evolutionary Ecology, are presented by biologists from a range of research fields. The factor common to all contributors is that their work has, in some important way, been influenced by David Lack. David Lambert Lack (1910–73), whose life and works are summarised in a group of obituary notes in Ibis Volume 115 part 3 (1973), was primarily an ornithologist. He was also an evolutionist of distinction whose main field of study was the ecology and evolution of birds, and whose writings appealed strongly to a very wide range of biologists in many fields of research. Among the contributors to this volume are several former students and colleagues, who knew Lack personally and benefited directly both from his teaching and from his warm personality. Other contributors represent the majority — biologists all over the world who knew him only from his writings, but gained a better understanding of their own research from his concepts and approach.
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