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    Island Colonization: The Origin and Development of Island Communities (Ecological Reviews) (Paperback) By (author) Ian Thornton, Edited by T. R. New, Series edited by Nigel Webb, Series edited by T. Hefin Jones, Series edited by James H. Brown, Series edited by Richard J. Hobbs, Series edited by Louise Vet

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    DescriptionNew or recently sterilized islands (for example through volcanic activity), provide ecologists with natural experiments in which to study colonization, development and establishment of new biological communities. Studies carried out on islands like this have provided answers to fundamental questions as to what general principles are involved in the ecology of communities and what processes underlie and maintain the basic structure of ecosystems. These studies are vital for conservation biology, especially when evolutionary processes need to be maintained in systems in order to maintain biodiversity. The major themes are how animal and plant communities establish, particularly on 'new land' or following extirpations by volcanic activity. This book comprises a broad review of island colonization, bringing together succession models and general principles, case studies with which Professor Ian Thornton was intimately involved, and a synthesis of ideas, concluding with a look to the future for similar studies.


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    Title
    Island Colonization
    Subtitle
    The Origin and Development of Island Communities
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian Thornton, Edited by T. R. New, Series edited by Nigel Webb, Series edited by T. Hefin Jones, Series edited by James H. Brown, Series edited by Richard J. Hobbs, Series edited by Louise Vet
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 302
    Width: 216 mm
    Height: 274 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 1,179 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521671064
    ISBN 10: 052167106X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    BIC subject category V2: RNKH
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: PSVS, RNK, PSTS
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16700
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    BISAC V2.8: NAT010000
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ECOLGY
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    BIC subject category V2: PSAF
    BISAC V2.8: SCI008000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI020000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 577.52, 577.8809142
    LC classification: QH541.5.I8 T48 2007
    DC22: 577.5/2
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: RNK, PSAF, PST, PSV
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    52 b/w illus. 31 tables
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    31 March 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Professor Ian Thornton (La Trobe University, Melbourne) was one of the world's leading island biogeographers, working primarily on the volcanic islands of the Pacific, and sadly died in 2002. Amongst the papers he left behind was the manuscript of this book, with an express wish that should anything happen to him, his friend and colleague, Professor Tim New (also La Trobe University) finish the book for him, which he has done.
    Review quote
    'Thornton's impassionedly written book ... [delivers] a wealth of detail on (re)colonization of new or devastated islands by plants and animals as well as ecological succession of entire ecosystems. Reading this book was a real pleasure, possibly due to its narrative style. In addition to biogeographers, it will inspire and provide valuable facts to all those ... ecologists who deal with ecological succession, habitat fragmentation, microcosm experiments, biodiversity research and nature conservation.' Basic and Applied Ecology ' ... provide(s) a wealth of information that heretofore had not been adequately synthesized on island colonization.' Landscape Ecology
    Table of contents
    Preface; Part I. Introduction: Theoretical and Experimental Studies: 1. Introduction; 2. Theoretical and experimental colonization; Part II. Natural Recolonization after Devastation: 3. A clean slate?; 4. Life returns- primary colonization of devastated surfaces; Part III. The Recolonization of Devastated Islands: 5. Recovering island biotas: volcano and Barcena; 6. Thera, Santorini group, Mediterranean; 7. Long and Ritter Islands, Bismarck Sea; 8. Krakatau, Sunda Strait; Part IV. Assembly of Biotas on New Islands: 9. Lake Wisdom- a new island of fresh water; 10. New islands in the sea; 11. Anak Krakatau, Krakatau's child, b. 1933; 12. Surtsey, Island of Surtur, b. 1963; 13. Motmot - a new island in fresh water; Part V. Colonization and Assembly: 14. Dispersal; 15. Stepping stone islands - the case of Sebesi; 16. Learning from nature's lessons; Literature cited; Index.