Biological Diversity: Frontiers in Measurement and Assessment

Paperback | December 18, 2010

EditorAnne E. Magurran, Brian J. McGill

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Biological Diversity provides an up to date, authoritative review of the methods of measuring and assessing biological diversity, together with their application. The book's emphasis is on quantifying the variety, abundance, and occurrence of taxa, and on providing objective and clear guidancefor both scientists and managers. This is a fast-moving field and one that is the focus of intense research interest. However the rapid development of new methods, the inconsistent and sometimes confusing application of old ones, and the lack of consensus in the literature about the best approach,means that there is a real need for a current synthesis. Biological Diversity covers fundamental measurement issues such as sampling, re-examines familiar diversity metrics (including species richness, diversity statistics, and estimates of spatial and temporal turnover), discusses species abundance distributions and how best to fit them, explores speciesoccurrence and the spatial structure of biodiversity, and investigates alternative approaches used to assess trait, phylogenetic, and genetic diversity. The final section of the book turns to a selection of contemporary challenges such as measuring microbial diversity, evaluating the impact ofdisturbance, assessing biodiversity in managed landscapes, measuring diversity in the imperfect fossil record, and using species density estimates in management and conservation.

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Biological Diversity provides an up to date, authoritative review of the methods of measuring and assessing biological diversity, together with their application. The book's emphasis is on quantifying the variety, abundance, and occurrence of taxa, and on providing objective and clear guidancefor both scientists and managers. This is a...

Anne Magurran is a professor at the University of St Andrews, Scotland and an ecologist interested in the measurement, conservation and evolution of biological diversity. She has current research projects in Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico and the UK and is the author of Ecological Diversity and its Measurement (1988) and Measurin...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pagesPublished:December 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199580677

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Table of Contents

Robert M. May: Foreword1. Anne E. Magurran and Brian J. McGill: Challenges and Opportunities in Biodiversity AssessmentPart I - Basic Measurement Issues2. Scott A. Bonar, Jeffery S. Fehmi, and Norman Mercado-Silva: An Overview of Sampling Issues in Species Diversity and Abundance Surveys3. Stephen T. Buckland, Angelika Studeny, Anne E. Magurran and Stuart E. Newson: Biodiversity Monitoring: the Relevance of DetectabilityPart II - Diversity4. Nicholas J. Gotelli and Robert K. Colwell: Estimating Species Richness5. Brian A. Maurer and Brian J. McGill: Measurement of Species Diversity6. Lou Jost, Anne Chao, and Robin L. Chazdon: Compositional Similarity and Beta Diversity7. Anne E. Magurran: Measuring Biological Diversity in Time (and Space)Part III - Distribution8. Anne E. Magurran and Peter A. Henderson: Commonness and Rarity9. Brian J. McGill: Species Abundance Distributions10. Sean R. Connolly and Maria Dornelas: Fitting and Empirical Evaluation of Models for Species Abundance Distributions11. Kevin J. Gaston and Fangliang He: Species Occurrence and Occupancy12. Brian J. McGill: Measuring the Spatial Structure of BiodiversityPart IV - Alternative Measures of Diversity13. Evan Weiher: A Primer of Trait Diversity14. Mark Vellend, William K. Cornwell, Karen Magnuson-Ford, and Arne O. Mooers: Measuring Phylogenetic Biodiversity15. Melanie Culver, Robert Fitak and Hans-Werner Herrmann: Genetic Methods for Biodiversity AssessmentPart V - Applications16. Lise Ovreas and Thomas P. Curtis: Microbial Diversity and Ecology17. Maria Dornelas, Candan Soykan, and Karl Inne Ugland: Biodiversity and Disturbance18. Steven L. Chown and Melodie A. McGeoch: Measuring Biodiversity in Managed Landscapes19. Peter J. Wagner and S. Kathleen Lyons: Estimating Extinction with the Fossil Record20. Michael L. Rosenzweig, John Donoghue II, Yue Max Li and Chi Yuan: Estimating Species DensityPart VI - Conclusions21. Brian J. McGill and Anne E. Magurran: ConclusionsReferencesIndex