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- Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S.
- Format: Hardback | 878 pages
- Dimensions: 218mm x 287mm x 36mm | 2,200g
- Publication date: 9 September 2010
- Publication City/Country: Sunderland
- ISBN 10: 0878934944
- ISBN 13: 9780878934942
- Edition: 4, Revised
- Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
- Illustrations note: Illustrations maps.
- Sales rank: 462,490
Assuming only rudimentary prior knowledge, this text explains the relationships between geographic variation in biodiversity and the geological, ecological, and evolutionary processes that shape it. It emphasises the interplay between unifying concepts, presenting evidence that supports or challenges them.
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MARK V. LOMOLINO is a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA. His research and teaching focus on biogeography, community ecology, and conservation of biological diversity. He is a cofounder and past President of the International Biogeography Society. Dr. Lomolino received the American Society of Mammalogists Award for his dissertation studies on the ecology, evolution, and biogeography of insular mammals. He is a co-editor of two books, Foundations of Biogeography (University of Chicago Press) and Frontiers of Biogeography: New Directions in the Geography of Nature. BRETT R. RIDDLE is a Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nevada, USA. His research focuses primarily on the history of biodiversity in western North America, with ongoing projects including: historical assembly of the warm desert biotas; phylogeography of Great Basin cold desert and montane island biotas; and molecular systematics and biogeography of a diverse cadre of North American rodent groups. He is a co-founder and past President of the International Biogeography Society, and an Editor of the Journal of Biogeography and Associate Editor of Systematic Biology. ROBERT J. WHITTAKER is Professor of Biogeography in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, UK, and is an Honorary Professor in Macroecology and Climate, in the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a co-founder and current President of the International Biogeography Society, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biogeography. He is co-author of Island Biogeography: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation, published by Oxford University Press, and has research interests spanning island biogeography, diversity theory, and conservation biogeography. JAMES H. BROWN is Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico, USA. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and past President of the International Biogeography Society, the American Society of Mammalogists, the American Society of Naturalists, and the Ecological Society of America. His broad research interests include biological scaling, metabolic and community ecology, and biogeography. He has trained several Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scientists who are making major contributions to biogeography and ecology.
Table of contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION TO THE DISCIPLINE The Science of Biogeography The History of Biogeography PART II: THE GEOGRAPHIC AND ECOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF BIOGEOGRAPHY The Geographic Template: Visualization and Analysis of Biogeography Patterns Distributions of Species: Ecological Foundations Distributions of Communities PART III: FUNDAMENTAL BIOGEOGRAPHIC PROCESSES AND EARTH HISTORY Dispersal and Immigration Speciation and Extinction The Changing Earth Glaciation and Biogeographic Dynamics of the Pleistocene PART IV: EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF LINEAGES AND BIOTAS The Geography of Diversification Reconstructing the History of Lineages Reconstructing the History of Biotas PART V: ECOLOGICAL BIOGEOGRAPHY Island Biogeography: Patterns in Species Richness Island Biogeography: Assembly and Evolution of Insular Communities Ecological Geography of Continental and Oceanic Biotas PART VI: CONSERVATION AND THE FRONTIERS OF BIOGEOGRAPHY Conservation Biogeography and the Dynamic Geography of Humanity The Frontiers of Biogeography