Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation 2nd Revised edition
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Island Biogeography by Robert J. Whittaker
Book DescriptionIsland biogeography is the study of the distribution and dynamics of species in island environments. Due to their isolation from more widespread continental species, islands are ideal places for unique species to evolve, but they are also places of concentrated extinction. Not surprisingly, they are widely studied by ecologists, conservationists and evolutionary biologists alike. There is no other recent textbook devoted solely to island biogeography, and a synthesis of the many recent advances is now overdue. This second edition builds on the success and reputation of the first, documenting the recent advances in this exciting field and explaining how islands have been used as natural laboratories in developing and testing ecological and evolutionary theories. In addition, the book describes the main processes of island formation, development and eventual demise, and explains the relevance of island environmental history to island biogeography. The authors demonstrate the huge significance of islands as hotspots of biodiversity, and as places from which disproportionate numbers of species have been extinguished by human action in historical time. Many island species are today threatened with extinction, and this work examines both the chief threats to their persistence and some of the mitigation measures that can be put in play with conservation strategies tailored to islands.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198566120
(240mm x 180mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert J. Whittaker
Conservation Biogeography, Paperback (February 2011)
* An authoritative and concise overview of the key themes and emerging concepts in conservation biogeography * An introduction to the subject and a strong framework for more advanced undergraduate or Masters level courses * Written by world leading experts in the field .
Biogeography, Hardback (September 2010)
Assuming little prior knowledge, Biogeography explains the relationships between geographic variation in biodiversity and the geological, ecological, and evolutionary processes that shape it. The Fourth Edition builds on the strengths of previous ones, illustrating ideas with examples of plants and animals across aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
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A definitive review of the island literature, explaining how islands have been used as natural laboratories in developing and testing ecological and evolutionary theories.
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Author Biography - Robert J. Whittaker
Robert J. Whittaker is Professor of Biogeography at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment Jose Maria Fernandez-Palacios is Professor of Ecology at the La Laguna University, Tenerife
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