Plant Geography of Chile

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 19, 2011 - Science - 346 pages

The first and so far only Plant Geography of Chile was written about 100 years ago, since when many things have changed: plants have been renamed and reclassified; taxonomy and systematics have experienced deep changes as have biology, geography, and biogeography. The time is therefore ripe for a new look at Chile’s plants and their distribution.

Focusing on three key issues – botany/systematics, geography and biogeographical analysis – this book presents a thoroughly updated synthesis both of Chilean plant geography and of the different approaches to studying it. Because of its range – from the neotropics to the temperate sub-Antarctic – Chile’s flora provides a critical insight into evolutionary patterns, particularly in relation to the distribution along the latitudinal profiles and the global geographical relationships of the country’s genera. The consequences of these relations for the evolution of the Chilean Flora are discussed.

This book will provide a valuable resource for both graduate students and researchers in botany, plant taxonomy and systematics, biogeography, evolutionary biology and plant conservation.

 

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Contents

About the Author
1
Part I Geobotanical Scenario
2
1 The Extravagant Physical Geography of Chile
3
2 Getting Geobotanical Knowledge
47
Part II Chorology of Chilean Plants
85
3 Geographical Relations of the Chilean Flora
87
4 Biogeographic Regionalization
129
Part III Islands Biogeography
152
7 Cactaceae a Weird Family and Postmodern Evolution
197
8 Asteraceae Chiles Richest Family
221
9 Nothofagus Key Genus in Plant Geography
249
Part V Where to from Here? Projections of Chilean Plant Geography
268
10 All the Possible Worlds of Biogeography
269
The Juan Fernández Islandsand the LongDistance Dispersal of Utopia
293
Appendix A
295
General Index
329

5 Pacific Offshore Chile
153
Conservation Biogeography in ChangingEcosystems
181
Part IV Case Studies on Selected Families
196

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About the author (2011)

Andrés Moreira-Muñoz was born in Los Angeles (Chile), studied at the German School in Santiago and graduated as Professional Geographer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Botanical interest was inherited from his grandfa-ther and mother, both renowned botanists at the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural in Santiago. He obtained his doctoral degree in Geography from the University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, under the direction of the plant geographer Prof. Michael Richter. He currently occupies a position as assistant professor at the Instituto de Geo-grafía, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and develops research projects about the chorology of Chilean plants, conservation biogeography and field-based education.