Speciation and Biogeography of Birds

Speciation and Biogeography of Birds

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This book should be of value to anyone interested in bird evolution and taxonomy, biogeography, distributional history, dispersal and migration patterns. It provides an up-to-date synthesis of current knowledge on species formation, and the factors influencing current distribution patterns. It draws heavily on new information on Earth history, including past glacial and other climatic changes, on new developments in molecular biology and palaeontology, and on recent studies of bird distribution and migration patterns, to produce a coherent account of the factors that have influenced bird species diversity and distribution patterns worldwide.

Received the Best Bird Book of the Year award for 2004 from British Birds magazine.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 656 pages
  • 190.5 x 248.92 x 38.1mm | 1,723.64g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Approx. 150 illustrations; Illustrations, unspecified
  • 012517375X
  • 9780125173759
  • 809,467

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"...the work that Newton has done in compiling the basic information will make comparative studies easier."
-The Auk, Robert M. Zink and Andrew W. Jones, Bell Museum and Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.

"...a masterful achievement. The information content is phenomenal and the easy reading style and logical layout make it a pleasure to work through..."
-Rauri CK Bowie, Center of Excellence at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, Matieland, South Africa

"...provides the best available overview of the origin, distribution, and extinction of bird species on a global scale."
-A. Townsend Peterson, SCIENCE

"This is an impressive work... a monumental achievement, unlikely to be superseded for a long time."
-BRITISH ORNITHOLOGIST'S UNION

"...a readable, balanced and comprehensive review that will become a standard textbook for courses in avian biogeography."
-TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION

"... integrates the latest information from the fields making up biogeography and incorporates advances in molecular biology that influence our understanding of speciation."
-SOUTHEASTERN NATURALIST
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About Ian Newton

Dr. Ian Newton is respected world-wide both as a biologist with a special interest and expertise in this subject and as a communicator. He is a seasoned and popular key note speaker at National and International meetings, and his talks are often the high point of conferences.Ian Newton was born and raised in north Derbyshire. He attended Chesterfield Boys Grammar School, followed by the universities of Bristol and Oxford. He has been interested in birds since boyhood, and as a teenager developed a particular fascination with finches, which later led to doctoral and post-doctoral studies on these birds. Later in life he became known fore his penetrating field studies of bird populations, notably on raptors. He is now a senior ecologist with the Natural Environment Research Council, and visiting professor of ornithology at the University of Oxford. Most of his research has been in Scotland, but he has also spent a sabbatical year with the Canadian Wildlife Service, studying waterfowl, and is a frequent visitor to research groups in the United States and elsewhere. He has published more than 200 scientific papers on birds, and several books, including Finches (1972), Population Ecology of Raptors (1979), The Sparrowhawk (1986), and Lifetime Reproduction in Birds (edited, 1989). He has served as President of the British Ecological Society, Vice-president of the British Ornithologists' Union, and is honorary member of the American Ornithologists' Union. He has received several prestigious awards for research and conservation, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1993. He is married, and has two sons and a daughter.
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