Biology and Wildlife of the Mediterranean Region

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Science - 328 pages
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For chemistry, biology and bioengineering students, required courses in general chemistry often fail to excite their interest in the many connections between chemistry and biology. This resource for chemistry and some biology instructors addresses the problem directly, showing how biological phenomena can be used to illustrate classical principles of chemistry from structure and bonding through redox, thermodynamics, kinetics, analysis and inorganic chemistry. The authors--all experienced teachers and outstanding researchers--combine examples from biochemistry and environmental, pharmaceutical, and nuclear chemistry with the traditional introductory material in organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry. The book can serve as a companion to virtually any introductory chemistry, biology, or biochemistry text. It includes problem sets at the end of each chapter, a generous selection of color transparencies, and a collection of black and white figures suitable for reproduction. The work also gives instructions for easy access to public-domain molecular graphics programs that can serve as ideal introductions to today's powerful modeling systems.
 

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Contents

1 Setting the Scene
1
2 Determinants of presentday biodiversity
31
plants and animals
57
4 Scales of observation
90
5 A patchwork of habitats
112
6 Populations species and community variations
134
7 Lifehistory traits and ecosystem functioning
169
8 Humans as sculptors of mediterranean landscapes
197
9 Biodiversity ups and downs
234
10 Challenges for the future
264
Afterword
289
References
291
Index
315
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Jacques Blondel is at Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionelle et Evolutive, Centre National de la Recherche, Montpellier. James Aronson is at Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionelle et Evolutive, Centre National de la Recherche, Montpellier.

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