Plants on Islands: Diversity and Dynamics on a Continental Archipelago (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, 2006 - Nature - 269 pages
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This thorough and meticulous study, the result of nearly a quarter-century of research, examines the island biogeography of plants on continental islands in Barkley Sound, British Columbia. Invaluable both because of its geographical setting and because of the duration of the study, "Plants on Islands "summarizes the diversity, dynamics, and distribution of the approximately three hundred species of plants on more than two hundred islands. Martin Cody uses his extensive data set to test various aspects of island biogeographic theory. His thoughtful analysis, constrained by taxon and region, elucidates and enhances the understanding of the biogeographic patterns and dynamics. He provides an overview of the basic theory, concepts, and analytical tools of island biogeography. Also discussed are island relaxation to lower equilibrium species numbers post-isolation, plant distributions variously limited by island area, isolation and climatic differences, adaptation to local abiotic and biotic environments within islands, and the evolution of different island phenotypes. The book concludes with a valuable consideration of equilibrium concepts and of the interplay of coexistence and competition. Certain to challenge, "Plants on Islands "is among the first books to critically analyze the central tenets of the theory of island biogeography.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
ISLANDS IN BARKLEY SOUND BRITISH COLUMBIA
6
Geology and Topography
9
Climate
10
More Island Geography and Topography
13
Flora and Vegetation
23
Methodological Notes
30
ISLAND BIOGEOGRAPHY CONCEPTS THEORY AND DATA
36
Species Turnover in Time and Island Size
124
Species Turnover in Space
128
DISPERSAL SYNDROMES INCIDENCE AND DYNAMICS
138
Ferns
141
Fruiting Shrubs
150
Drifters on the Sea
161
Drifters on the Wind
166
ECOLOGICAL AND EVOLUTIONARY SHIFTS ON CONTINENTAL ISLANDS
180

Some Embellishments
38
Incidence Functions
39
Colonization and Extinction Data
41
Historical Legacies
50
Generalities Specifics and Modifications of the MW Model
55
SPECIES NUMBER ISLAND AREA AND ISOLATION
56
Cumulative Species Numbers
62
Species Richness on Islands
63
NESTEDNESS AND ASSEMBLY RULES
74
Forest Species
76
Shoreline Habitats
85
Edge Habitats
100
SPECIES TURNOVER IN SPACE AND TIME
116
Alien Invaders
181
Ecological Shifts in Impoverished Biotas
185
Evolutionary Shifts in Isolated Populations
194
SYNOPSIS LESSONS FROM A CONTINENTAL ARCHIPELAGO
205
Is There an Equilibrium out There?
206
Colonization and Extinction Dynamics
209
Coexistence and a Potential Role for Competition
212
Adaptation Evolution Conservation
215
Appendixes
217
References
248
Index
256
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About the author (2006)

Martin L. Cody is Professor of Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the books he has coedited are Biogeography of Islands in the Sea of Cortez (2002), Long-Term Studies of Vertebrate Communities (1996), Ecology and Evolution of Communities (1985), and Habitat Selection in Birds (1975).

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