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Biological diversity. The coexistence of species on changing landscapes

By: Huston, M.A.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge University Press 1994Description: xix, 681p.Subject(s): Book | General biologySummary: This review and synthesis of the patterns and theories of biodiversity seeks to provide a firm scientific basis for the study and management of the Earth's biosphere. Beginning with a practical definition of biodiversity and an overview of diversity patterns on Earth, the book develops a conceptual framework that extends traditional theories of species diversity to explain both the general patterns of diversity and the apparent exceptions to these patterns. The common features underlying diversity patterns at scales ranging from the polar-equatorial gradients to the margins of temporary ponds are demonstrated and a mechanistic explanation of diversity patterns in different ecosystems is developed. Many of the major concepts in ecology are incorporated into the framework for understanding patterns of diversity on landscapes. Case studies apply the theories and models to savannas, coral reefs, rain forests and other ecosystems.
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This review and synthesis of the patterns and theories of biodiversity seeks to provide a firm scientific basis for the study and management of the Earth's biosphere. Beginning with a practical definition of biodiversity and an overview of diversity patterns on Earth, the book develops a conceptual framework that extends traditional theories of species diversity to explain both the general patterns of diversity and the apparent exceptions to these patterns. The common features underlying diversity patterns at scales ranging from the polar-equatorial gradients to the margins of temporary ponds are demonstrated and a mechanistic explanation of diversity patterns in different ecosystems is developed. Many of the major concepts in ecology are incorporated into the framework for understanding patterns of diversity on landscapes. Case studies apply the theories and models to savannas, coral reefs, rain forests and other ecosystems.

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