Island Biogeography: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - 285 páginas
Work on evolution on islands has a long-established biogeographical pedigree, stretching back to the work of Darwin and Wallace. Research generated ideas, theories, and models which have played a central role in the development of mainstream ecology, evolutionary biology, and biogeography.
Island Biogeography is a new textbook, aimed at advanced undergraduates and graduate students. This is the first comprehensive book to be written on the topic since 1981. It provides a much needed synthesis of recent development across the discipline, linking current theoretical debates with applied island ecology. Some themes that the book covers include: the nature and formation of island environments, island ecological theories concerning species numbers, species assembly, and composition, and an assessment of the human impact on island biodiversity.
Written by an author who has been researching and teaching biogeography for many years, Island Biogeography is wide-ranging, authoritative, and accessible to students from across geography and the life sciences. This is the first truly modern textbook on a fascinating and important subject in evolution and ecology.
 

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Contenido

The natural laboratory paradigm
1
Island environments
7
Biodiversity hotspots
33
Speciation and the island condition
53
Arrival and change
64
Emergent models of island evolution
83
Species numbers games
113
Community assembly and dynamics
144
The human impact on island ecosystems
228
Further reading
257
Index
279
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Robert Whittaker is in the School of Geography at University of Oxford.

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