Macroecology: Concepts and Consequences: 43rd Symposium of the British Ecological Society available in Paperback
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- Cambridge University Press
Major researchers in the field present overviews of current thinking about the form and determinants of macroecological patterns. Each section presents different viewpoints on the answer to a key question in macroecology: Why are most species rare and small-bodied, and restricted in their distribution?
About the Author
Dr Blackburn's research at the University of Birmingham is concerned with a broad range of large-scale patterns and processes in ecology.
Professor Gaston's research at Sheffield focuses on the fields of biodiversity and macroecology, with the central theme being the study of variation in geographic distributions of species.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: why Macroecology? Tim M. Blackburn and Kevin J. Gaston; Part I. Why Are Some Taxa More Diverse Than Others?: 2. Evolutionary analysis of species richness patterns in aquatic beetles: why macroecology needs a historical perspective Alfried P. Vogler and Ignacio Ribera; 3. The unified phenomenological theory of biodiversity Sean Nee; Part II. Why Are Most Species Rare?: 4. The neutral theory of biodiversity and biogeography, and beyond Stephen P. Hubbell and Jeffrey Lake; 5. Breaking the stick in space: of niche models, metacommunities and patterns in the relative abundance of species Pablo A. Marquet, Juan E. Keymer and Hernán Cofré; Part III. Why Are There More Species in the Tropics?: 6. How to reject the area hypothesis of latitudinal gradients Michael L. Rosenzweig; 7. Climatic-energetic explanations of diversity: a macroscopic perspective Robert J. Whittaker, Katherine J. Willis and Richard Field; 8. The importance of historical processes in global patterns of diversity Andrew Clarke and J. Alistair Crame; Part IV. Why are More Species Small-Bodied?: 9. Why are most species small-bodied? A phylogenetic view Andy Purvis, C. David L. Orme and Konrad Dolphin; 10. Adaptive diversification of body size: the roles of physical constraint, energetics and natural selection Brian A. Maurer; Part V. Why are some species more likely to go extinct?: 11. Life histories and extinction risk John D. Reynolds; 12. Routes to extinction Bernt-Erik S'ther and Steinar Engen; Part VI. Why Aren't Species More Widely Distributed?: 13. Why aren't species more widely distributed? Physiological and environmental limits F. Ian Woodward and C. K. Kelly; 14. Macroecology and microecology: linking large-scale patterns of abundance to population processes Andrew R. Watkinson, Jennifer A. Gill and Robert P. Freckleton; 15. Genetics and the boundaries of species' distributions R. K. Butlin, J. R. Bridle and M. Kawata; Part VII. Why Are There Interspecific Allometries?: 16. Intraspecific body size optimisation produces interspecific allometries J. Kozowski, M. Konarzewski and A. T. Gawelczyk; 17. Scaling the macroecological, and evolutionary implications of size and metabolism within and across plant taxa Brian J. Enquist; Part VIII. Why is Macroecology Important?: 18. Macroecology and conservation biology Kevin J. Gaston and Tim M. Blackburn; 19. Evolutionary macroecology and the fossil record David Jablonski, Kaustuv Roy and James W. Valentine; 20. Comparative methods for adaptive radiations Robert P. Freckleton, M. Pagel and Paul H. Harvey; 21. The next step in macroecology: from general empirical patterns to universal ecological laws James H. Brown, James F. Gillooly, Geoffrey B. West and Van M. Savage.