Aspects of the Genesis and Maintenance of Biological Diversity

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorMichael E. Hochberg, Jean Clobert, Robert Barbault

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This book is a unique collection of evolutionary and ecological perspectives in the study of biodiversity by some of the leading researchers in the field. The seventeen chapters are divided into three sections, each section beginning with an overview of its contents. The book traces pastlandmarks, current questions, and future trends in biodiversity reseach ranging from the evaluation of the fossil record and molecular phylogenies in untangling the genesis of diversity; to population, community, and ecosystem-level approaches in understanding patterns of species persistence; andfinally to large-scale diversity patterns and species conservation. Subject reviews, case-studies, and discussions of techniques are combined to produce a state-of-the-art book.

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This book is a unique collection of evolutionary and ecological perspectives in the study of biodiversity by some of the leading researchers in the field. The seventeen chapters are divided into three sections, each section beginning with an overview of its contents. The book traces pastlandmarks, current questions, and future trends...

Michael E. Hochberg is at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie. Jean Clobert is at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198548842

ISBN - 13:9780198548843

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Table of Contents

IntroductionOverview of Part 1: Evolution: Patterns and Processes1. Diversity in the past: comparing cladistic phylogenies and stratigraphy2. What can phylogenetic patterns tell us about the evolutionary processes generating biodiversity?3. New computer packages for analysing phylogenetic tree structure4. Is it ancient or modern history that we can read in the genes?5. Evolution of adaptive polymorphism in spatially heterogeneous environmentsOverview of Part 2: Ecology: From populations to communities to ecosystems6. Local diversity: a problem with too many solutions7. The population dynamics of single host - multiparasitoid interactions8. Structural constraints on food web assembly9. Trophic interactions, nutrient supply, and the structure of freshwater pelagic food webs10. Linking communities and ecosystems: trophic interactions as nutrient cycling pathwaysOverview of Part 3: Large scale diversity patterns and conservation11. Does climate cause the biodiversity gradient?12. Spatial covariance in the species richness of higher taxa.n 13Biodiversity of parasites in relation to their life-cycle14. Biodiversity value and taxonomic relatedness15. Utilizing genetic information in plant conservation programmes16. Essential ingredients of real metapopulations, exemplified by the butterfly Plebejus argus.Index

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`'It is a very professional work. The authors know their stuff,...the academic debates are fascinating, and doubtless their resolution is imporatant.''Clive Hambler, Biodiversity Letters: Vol.3, no.6, Nov.'96.