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Biogeography : Introduction to Space, Time, and Life - Glen MacDonald


Introduction to Space, Time, and Life


Published: 14th February 2002
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Illustrative examples from recent research publications and "classic" studies are prominently featured throughout the book.
Research techniques are highlighted in "special interest" boxes. Illustrations and descriptions of research techniques are provided with examples such as fire-scars from trees used to reconstruct disturbance, fossil pollen used to reconstruct vegetation change and plant migration, transect and quadrate sampling.
Includes key biogeographical theories that link space and time to the distribution of life. Some of these theories include: 1. Ranges, Reflicts, Refuges, Corridors, Barriers, 2. Centers of Origins, 3. Cladistics, 4. Variance, 5. Island BioGeography, 6. Diversity Theory, 7. Gap Analysis for Conservation.

??a comprehensive and informative text that condenses the diversity embraced by the discipline and aptly represents current biogeographical thinking??  (Transactions of the IBG, Vol.29, 2004)


1. An Introduction.

2. Some Basics.

3. Physical Environment and the Distribution of Life.

4. Biological Interactions and the Distribution of Life.

5. Disturbance and Succession.

6. Communities, Formations and Biomes.

7. Changing Continents and Climates.

8. Dispersal, Colonization and Invasion.

9. Evolution, Speciation and Extinction.

10. Realms, Regions and Provinces: The Biogeographic Subdivisions of the Earth.

11. Evolution, Extinction and the Human Story.

12. Biogeography and Modern Biodiversity.

13. Biogeography Distributions and Reconstructing of the History of Life.

14. Biogeography and Conservation.

ISBN: 9780471241935
ISBN-10: 0471241938
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 14th February 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.85 x 18.55  x 2.51
Weight (kg): 1.01
Edition Number: 1