Biotic Evolution and Environmental Change in Southeast Asia

Biotic Evolution and Environmental Change in Southeast Asia

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The flora and fauna of Southeast Asia are exceptionally diverse. The region includes several terrestrial biodiversity hotspots and is the principal global hotspot for marine diversity, but it also faces the most intense challenges of the current global biodiversity crisis. Providing reviews, syntheses and results of the latest research into Southeast Asian earth and organismal history, this book investigates the history, present and future of the fauna and flora of this bio- and geodiverse region. Leading authorities in the field explore key topics including palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, biogeography, population genetics and conservation biology, illustrating research approaches and themes with spatially, taxonomically and methodologically focused case studies. The volume also presents methodological advances in population genetics and historical biogeography. Exploring the fascinating environmental and biotic histories of Southeast Asia, this is an ideal resource for graduate students and researchers as well as environmental more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 78 b/w illus. 32 colour illus. 11 tables
  • 1139533932
  • 9781139533935

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'... I find this book to be a valuable compilation of the latest research on Southeast Asia's biotic evolution and environmental change, and it would be a useful reference for researchers interested in this topic.' Lian Pin Koh, The Quarterly Review of Biologyshow more

Table of contents

List of contributors; Foreword Tony Whitten; Preface; 1. Introduction D. J. Gower, K. G. Johnson, J. E. Richardson, B. R. Rosen, L. Ruber and S. T. Williams; 2. Wallace, Darwin and Southeast Asia: the real field site of evolution J. Van Wyhe; 3. Sundaland and Wallacea: geology, plate tectonics and palaeogeography R. Hall; 4. A review of the Cenozoic palaeoclimate history of Southeast Asia R. J. Morley; 5. Quaternary dynamics of Sundaland forests C. H. Cannon; 6. The Malesian floristic interchange: plant migration patterns across Wallace's Line J. E. Richardson, C. M. Costion and A. N. Muellner; 7. Biogeography and distribution patterns of Southeast Asian palms W. J. Baker and T. L. P. Couvreur; 8. Historical biogeography inference in Malesia C. O. Webb and R. Ree; 9. Biodiversity hotspots, evolution and coral reef biogeography: a review D. R. Bellwood, W. Renema and B. R. Rosen; 10. Tsunami impacts in the marine environment: review and results from studies in Thailand G. L. J. Paterson, M. A. Kendall, C. Aryuthaka, N. J. Evans, Y. Monthum, C. Jittanoon, P. Campbell, L. R. Noble and K. M. O'Neill; 11. Coalescent-based analysis of demography: applications to biogeography on Sulawesi B. J. Evans; 12. Aquatic biodiversity hotspots in Wallacea - the species flocks in the ancient lakes of Sulawesi, Indonesia T. Von Rintelen, K. Von Rintelen, M. Glaubrecht, C. D. Schubart and F. Herder; 13. Molecular biogeography and phylogeography of the freshwater fauna of the Indo-Australian Archipelago M. De Bruyn, T. Von Rintelen, K. Von Rintelen, P. B. Mather and G. R. Carvalho; 14. Patterns of biodiversity discovery through time: an historical analysis of amphibian species discoveries in the Southeast Asian mainland and adjacent island archipelagos R. M. Brown and B. L. Stuart; 15. Wildlife trade as an impediment to conservation as exemplified by the trade in reptiles in Southeast Asia V. Nijman, M. Todd and C. R. Shepherd; 16. The tropical peat swamps of Southeast Asia: human impacts on biodiversity, hydrology and carbon dynamics S. Page, A. Hooijer, J. Rieley, C. Banks and A. Hoscilo; 17. Southeast Asian biodiversity crisis D. Bickford, S. Poo and M. C. Posa; more

About David Gower

David Gower is a researcher in the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum, London. An evolutionary and organismal herpetologist, his studies focus on caecilians, snakes and Triassic diapsid reptiles. Kenneth Johnson is a researcher in the Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum, London, studying the long-term biological and environmental history of coral reef ecosystems in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. James Richardson is a researcher at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and University of the Andes in Bogota. He studies the biogeographic history of tropical flowering plants. Brian Rosen is a researcher in the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum, London, specialising in ecology, diversity and biogeography of reefs, and coral growth, form and taxonomy. Lukas Ruber is at the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum, London. He is an evolutionary biologist studying speciation, adaptive radiation, phylogeography, biogeography and systematics, especially of fishes. Suzanne Williams is a researcher in the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum, London. She studies global, regional and local factors important in shaping tropical marine more