The Theory of Island Biogeography / Edition 2

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"MacArthur and Wilson's is arguably the most influential book in biogeography in the last hundred years. With its emphasis on on-going processes of colonization and extinction, it provided a new framework to explain patterns in species diversity and served as a counterpoint to hypotheses relying on chance and solitary historical events. Many of the antecedents for what we now call conservation biology, invasion biology, and landscape ecology had their origins here."—Ted Case, University of California, San Diego

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Journal of the History of Biology - Sharon Kingsland
Anyone interested in the history of modern ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology should be aware of the content and impact of this seminal work.
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"Anyone interested in the history of modern ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology should be aware of the content and impact of this seminal work."—Sharon Kingsland, Journal of the History of Biology
Journal of the History of Biology
Anyone interested in the history of modern ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology should be aware of the content and impact of this seminal work.
— Sharon Kingsland
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691088365
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2001
  • Series: Princeton Landmarks in Biology Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Princeton Landmarks in Biology Edition vii
Preface xi
Symbols Used xiii
1. The Importance of Islands 3
2. Area and Number of Speicies 8
3. Further Explanations of the Area-Diversity Pattern 19
4. The Strategy of Colonization 68
5. Invasibility and the Variable Niche 94
6. Stepping Stones and Biotic Exchange 123
7. Evolutionary Changes Following Colonization 145
8. Prospect 181
Glossary 185
References 193
Index 201

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