The Theory of Island Biogeography Revisited

The Theory of Island Biogeography Revisited

by Jonathan B. Losos
     
 

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ISBN-10: 069113653X

ISBN-13: 9780691136530

Pub. Date: 10/19/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson's The Theory of Island Biogeography, first published by Princeton in 1967, is one of the most influential books on ecology and evolution to appear in the past half century. By developing a general mathematical theory to explain a crucial ecological problem—the regulation of species diversity in island populations

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Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson's The Theory of Island Biogeography, first published by Princeton in 1967, is one of the most influential books on ecology and evolution to appear in the past half century. By developing a general mathematical theory to explain a crucial ecological problem—the regulation of species diversity in island populations—the book transformed the science of biogeography and ecology as a whole. In The Theory of Island Biogeography Revisited, some of today's most prominent biologists assess the continuing impact of MacArthur and Wilson's book four decades after its publication. Following an opening chapter in which Wilson reflects on island biogeography in the 1960s, fifteen chapters evaluate and demonstrate how the field has extended and confirmed—as well as challenged and modified—MacArthur and Wilson's original ideas. Providing a broad picture of the fundamental ways in which the science of island biogeography has been shaped by MacArthur and Wilson's landmark work, The Theory of Island Biogeography Revisited also points the way toward exciting future research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691136530
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/19/2009
Pages:
494
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert M. May vii

Preface Jonathan B. Losos Robert E. Ricklefs xi

List of Contributors xv

Island Biogeography in the 1960s Theory and Experiment Edward O. Wilson 1

Island Biogeography Theory: Reticulations and Reintegration of "a Biogeography of the Species" Mark V. Lomolino James H. Brown Dov. F. Sax 13

The MacArthur-Wilson Equilibrium Model: A Chronicle of What It Said and How It Was Tested Thomas W. Schoener 52

A General Dynamic Theory of Oceanic Island Biogeography Extending the MacArthur-Wilson Theory to Accommodate the Rise and Fall of Volcanic Islands Robert J. Whittaker Kostas A. Triantis Richard J. Ladle 88

The Trophic Cascade on Islands John Terborgh 116

Toward a Trophic Island Biogeography: Reflections on the Interface of Island Biogeography and Food Web Ecology Robert D. Holt 143

The Theories of Island Biogeography and Metapopulation Dynamics: Science Marches Forward, but the Legacy of Good Ideas Lasts for a Long Time Ilkka Hanski 186

Beyond Island Biogeography Theory: Understanding Habitat Fragmentation in the Real World William F. Laurance 214

Birds of the Solomon Islands The Domain of the Dynamic Equilibrium Theory and Assembly Rules, with Comments on the Taxon Cycle Daniel Simberloff Michael D. Collins 237

Neutral Theory and the Theory of Island Biogeography Stephen P. Hubbell 264

Evolutionary Changes Following Island Colonization in Birds Empirical Insights into the Roles of Microevolutionary Processes Sonya Clegg 293

Sympatric Speciation, Immigration, and Hybridization in Island Birds Peter R. Grant B. Rosemary Grant 326

Island Biogeography of Remote Archipelagoes: Interplay between Ecological andEvolutionary Processes Rosemary G. Gillespie Bruce G. Baldwin 358

Dynamics of Colonization and Extinction on Islands Insights from Lesser Antillean Birds Robert E. Ricklefs 388

The Speciation-Area Relationship Jonathan B. Losos Christina E. Parent 415

Ecological and Genetic Models of Diversity Lessons across Disciplines Mark Vellend John L. Orrock 439

Index 463

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