Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach

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John Wiley & Sons, May 31, 2016 - Science - 496 pages
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Through eight successful editions, and over nearly 40 years, Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach has provided a thorough and comprehensive exploration of the varied scientific disciplines and research that are essential to understanding the subject. The text has been praised for its solid background in historical biogeography and basic biology, that is enhanced and illuminated by discussions of current research.

This new edition incorporates the exciting changes of the recent years, and presents a thoughtful exploration of the research and controversies that have transformed our understanding of the biogeography of the world. It also clearly identifies the three quite different arenas of biogeographical research: continental biogeography, island biogeography and marine biogeography. It is the only current textbook with full coverage of marine biogeography.

It reveals how the patterns of life that we see today have been created by the two great Engines of the Planet - the Geological Engine, plate tectonics, which alters the conditions of life on the planet, and the Biological Engine, evolution, which responds to these changes by creating new forms and patterns of life.

 

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Contents

ThE ChallENgE Of ExISTINg
31
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41
3
89
4
117
ThE ENgINES Of ThE PlaNET
147
Evolution the Source of Novelty
169
ISlaND BIOgEOgRaPhY
193
PaTTERNS Of lIfE
229
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255
Ice and Change
353
PEOPlE aND PROBlEMS
397
Conservation Biogeography
425
Glossary
455
Index
469
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Barry Cox formerly King's College, London, UK

Peter D. Moore is Emeritus Reader in Ecology at King's College London. He has written extensively on ecology and global environmental change and was, for 35 years, Ecology Correspondent for the journal Nature

Richard Ladle is Titular Professor of Conservation Biogeography at the Federal University of Alagoas on the northeast coast of Brazil. He is also a Senior research associate at the School of Geography in Oxford University, as well as the director of Tamandua Environmental Consultants

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