Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach

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Overview

The latest edition of this highly successful textbook has been completely revised and updated to include the latest developments in biogeography. It offers excellent insight into the multidisciplinary nature of biogeography, providing the student with a sound historical base, up to date factual content and a clear explanation of current controversies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632029679
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.79 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Cox was formerly head of Biological Sciences at King’s College London. He was originally a vertebrate palaeontologist, but soon became also interested in the patterns of distribution of life in the past. He has published extensively on the relations between fossil distributions and plate tectonics, how and when the mammals dispersed across the planet, competing theories on how to interpret past patterns, and the basic patterns of life today at the worldwide level.

Peter Moore is a Reader in Ecology at King’s College London. He first trained as a botanist/biochemist, later turning to palaeoecology and vegetation history and, ultimately, wider ecological issues including global environmental change. He retains a particular interest in wetlands.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to biogeography 1
2 A history of biogeography 15
3 Patterns of biodiversity 45
4 Patterns of distribution 73
5 Communities and ecosystems 119
6 The source of novelty 143
7 Life, death and evolution on islands 165
8 Living in the past 201
9 The geography of life today 225
10 Ice and change 261
11 Transforming the planet 297
12 Drawing lines in the water 319
13 Interpreting the past : I. molecular and isotopic biogeography 353
14 Interpreting the past : II. principles and practice 371
15 Foretelling the future 391
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