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Biogeography, Time and Place: Distributions, Barriers and Islands
     

Biogeography, Time and Place: Distributions, Barriers and Islands

by Willem Renema (Editor)
 
Biogeography considers the distribution of biological units over a wide range of scales. The units range from genotypes, populations and species to families and higher taxa. Processes can be local, such as the isolation on islands due to sealevel fluctuations, or large-scale tectonic processes that separate continents and creates oceans. In all processes time is an

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Biogeography considers the distribution of biological units over a wide range of scales. The units range from genotypes, populations and species to families and higher taxa. Processes can be local, such as the isolation on islands due to sealevel fluctuations, or large-scale tectonic processes that separate continents and creates oceans. In all processes time is an important factor and by the combining data on Recent patterns with paleontological data the understanding of the distribution of extant taxa can be improved. This volume focuses on speciation due to isolation in island-like settings, and the evolution of large-scale diversity as the result of origination, maintenance and extinction.

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"This volume of the series ‘Topics in Geobiology’ focuses on speciation due to isolation in island-like settings, and the evolution of large-scale diversity as the result of origination, maintenance and extinction. … Biogeography is seen here mainly in the context of paleontology, zoology, plate tectonics, and evolutionary processes resulting in genetic isolation and morphological differentiation on islands. … A fascinating, outstanding and highly recommendable contribution to biogeography." R. Gerstmeier, Entomofauna, Vol. 29 (9), 2008.

"Willem Renema … presents a balanced collection of chapters on a diversity of taxa, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and biogeographic phenomena. … Each chapter is well laid out, following a structural format which is held consistent throughout the book. … this is a rich collection of contributions that provides an eclectic sampling of current research on the responses of ancient biotas to the dynamics of barriers, dispersal routes, and islands. … recommend highly to all scientists interested in the temporal and geographic dynamics of life." Mark V. Lomolino, Journal of Mammal Evolution, Vol. 16, 2009.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789048176182
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
11/19/2010
Series:
Topics in Geobiology Series , #29
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2007
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.36(d)

Meet the Author

Willem Renema:
2002 Ph.D. Free University of Amsterdam
2002- present: Researcher at the National Natural History Museum of the Netherlands.

Dr. Renema is an expert on the (paleo)ecology of large benthic foraminifera in Southeast Asia and the processes leading to the origination and maintenance of high diversity in the Indo-West Pacific.

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