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This book describes the natural processes that must be understood in order to manage and protect the Earth's biological diversity. The author begins with a clear definition of biological diversity and a summary of the types of diversity patterns found on Earth. Next he lays out a scientific framework for understanding the complex array of diversity patterns, including the distribution of rare species to landscape patterns visible from space. Many fascinating case studies of coral reefs, fire-maintained shrublands, prairies, and tropical rain forests illustrate the theories and models described in this book, including such fundamental issues as endemism, invasions, and extinction in temperate, tropical, and marine ecosystems.
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After defining biological diversity and summarizing the type of diversity patterns found on earth, this text outlines a scientific framework for understanding the complex array, using many case studies to illustrate the theories and models described.Review:
"...should be read by anyone interested in learning more about patterns of diversity of organisms that share the Earth with humans, and by everyone concerned with their rapid disappearance...Huston begins a discussion that could lead to informed policies for balancing preservation of diversity with human needs." Aaron Ellison, Plant Science Bulletin
"...one of the most satisfactory and certainly one of the most readable books to emerge on the scene...it is a single-author work, so it has a higher degree of internal consistency and structure. This makes it far more effective as an undergraduate text..." Peter Moore, New Scientist
"...a bold attempt to find a common link, a grand unifying theory, underpinning many of the major patterns in the way in which organisms assemble themselves into communities on the face of the planet...a feature and strength of the text is the huge amount of literature, much of it published decades ago, synthesized and summarized within 25 chapters...full of interesting, untested ideas..." John H. Lawton, Nature
"...a book of remarkable scope...actually a massive review of factor and processes that might conceivably impact upon the species that occur in any given area...Huston has produced something more akin to a text of ecology, with diversity as a leitmotif. In fact, it might be interesting to organize an introductory ecology course around exactly that theme, and use this book as the text...There is lots of food for thought here...and it's a bargain." David Currie, Ecoscience
"...should be required reading for graduate-level courses in ecology and would greatly enhance the knowledge of those working in the conservation of biodiversity. An essential acquisition for academic libraries." Choice
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Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1994. Condition: Very Good. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP97803412
Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1994. Condition: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP99112044
Book Description Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0521360935I4N10
Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0521360935
Book Description Cambridge University Press., 1995. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. A good 681 page ex-university library hardback book with the usual stamps & labels. Head and tail of backstrip been strengthened by the library with the addition of bands of clear adhesive film, unfortunately only after some dolt pulled down the head of the backstrip a couple of centimetres first! Otherwise a little rub to bottom edge, clean and sound. 15 chapters, 98 pages of references, index, numerous figures in text. This review and synthesis of the patterns and theories of biodiversity provides 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, this 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 author demonstrates the common features underlying diversity patterns at scales ranging from the polar-equatorial gradients to the margins of temporary ponds, and develops a mechanistic explanation of diversity patterns in different ecosystems. 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. This book presents ideas that will stimulate and challenge professionals and students in ecology, evolutionary biology, resource management, forestry, geography, and environmental economics. Seller Inventory # 010951
Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0521360935