Biodiversity: An Introduction

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This concise introductory text provides a complete overview of biodiversity - what it is, how it arose, its distribution, why it is important, human impact upon it, and what should be done to maintain it.

  • Timely overview of the serious attempts made to quantify and describe biodiversity in a scientific way
  • Acts as an easy entry point into the primary literature
  • Provides real-world examples of key issues, including illustrations of major temporal and spatial patterns in biodiversity
  • Designed primarily with undergraduate students and course lecturers in mind, it will also be of interest to anyone who requires an overview of, and entry to, the vast literature on these topics.
  • All the figures included in the book are downloadable from the Blackwell Publishing website

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This concise introductory text provides a complete overview ofbiodiversity – what it is, how it arose, its distribution,why it is important, human impact upon it, and what should be doneto maintain it.


The field of biodiversity is rapidly developing as new researchchallenges and furthers our understanding of this stimulatingsubject. This new edition has been substantially revised to takeaccount of these recent developments. Much of the text has beenrewritten, updated and extended to provide an up-to-dateexamination of key issues, and includes the newest models,experiments and research. Throughout the text reference is made tothe relevant primary literature and each chapter ends withsuggestions for further reading, including the most important newarticles and books. All the figures included in the book aredownloadable from the Blackwell Publishing website(www.blackwellpublishing.com/gaston).

Biodiversity: An Introduction has been designed primarilyfor undergraduates studying biodiversity on a range of courses inbotany, zoology and ecology. It is also essential reading foranyone requiring an overview of the vast literature on thistopic.

About the Author:

Kevin J. Gaston is Professor of Biodiversity andConservation at the University of Sheffield. He has broad researchinterests in the fields of biodiversity, macroecology andconservation biology.

John I. Spicer is a Reader in Marine Biology at theUniversity of Plymouth. His research interests range from theecophysiology of marine animals through to the functionalbiodiversity of marine systems.

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