Fundamentals of Biogeography

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Social Science - 439 pages
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Fundamentals of Biogeography presents an accessible, engaging and comprehensive introduction to biogeography, explaining the ecology, geography, history and conservation of animals and plants. Starting with an outline of how species arise, disperse, diversify and become extinct, the book examines: how environmental factors (climate, substrate, topography, and disturbance) influence animals and plants; investigates how populations grow, interact and survive; how communities form and change; and explores the connections between biogeography and conservation.

The second edition has been extensively revised and expanded throughout to cover new topics and revisit themes from the first edition in more depth. Illustrated throughout with informative diagrams and attractive photos and including guides to further reading, chapter summaries and an extensive glossary of key terms, Fundamentals of Biogeography clearly explains key concepts in the history, geography and ecology of life systems. In doing so, it tackles some of the most topical and controversial environmental and ethical concerns including species over-exploitation, the impacts of global warming, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity loss and ecosystem restoration.
  

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Contents

SPECIATION DIVERSIFICATION
10
DISTRIBUTIONS
47
ECOLOGICAL BIOGEOGRAPHY
69
POPULATIONS
160
INTERACTING POPULATIONS
187
COMMUNITIES
217
COMMUNITY CHANGE
254
DISPERSAL AND DIVERSIFICATION IN THE DISTANT PAST
293
PAST COMMUNITY CHANGE
316
CONSERVATION BIOGEOGRAPHY
339
CONSERVING COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS
355
the geological timescale
377
Index
424
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Richard Huggett is a Reader in Geography at the University of Manchester, UK.

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