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The Theory of Island Biogeography : Princeton Landmarks in Biology - Robert Helmer MacArthur

The Theory of Island Biogeography

Princeton Landmarks in Biology

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Published: 18th March 2001
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Biogeography was stuck in a "natural history phase" dominated by the collection of data, the young Princeton biologists Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson argued in 1967. In this book, the authors developed a general theory to explain the facts of island biogeography. The theory builds on the first principles of population ecology and genetics to explain how distance and area combine to regulate the balance between immigration and extinction in island populations. The authors then test the theory against data. "The Theory of Island Biogeography" was never intended as the last word on the subject. Instead, MacArthur and Wilson sought to stimulate new forms of theoretical and empirical studies, which will lead in turn to a stronger general theory. Even a third of a century since its publication, the book continues to serve that purpose well. From popular books like David Quammen's "Song of the Dodo" to arguments in the professional literature, "The Theory of Island Biogeography" remains at the center of discussions about the geographic distribution of species. In a new preface, Edward O. Wilson reviews the origins and consequences of this classic book.

"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

Preface to the Princeton Landmarks in Biology Editionp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Symbols Usedp. xiii
The Importance of Islandsp. 3
Area and Number of Speiciesp. 8
Further Explanations of the Area-Diversity Patternp. 19
The Strategy of Colonizationp. 68
Invasibility and the Variable Nichep. 94
Stepping Stones and Biotic Exchangep. 123
Evolutionary Changes Following Colonizationp. 145
Prospectp. 181
Glossaryp. 185
Referencesp. 193
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780691088365
ISBN-10: 0691088365
Series: Princeton Landmarks in Biology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 18th March 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.4  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised