Coexistence: The Ecology and Evolution of Tropical Biodiversity by Jan SappCoexistence: The Ecology and Evolution of Tropical Biodiversity by Jan Sapp

Coexistence: The Ecology and Evolution of Tropical Biodiversity

byJan Sapp

Hardcover | November 29, 2016

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This book is about tropical biology in action - how biologists grapple with the ecology and evolution of the great species diversity in tropical rainforests and coral reefs. Tropical rainforests are home to 50% of all the plant and animal species on earth, though they cover only about 2% ofthe planet. Coral reefs hold 25% of the world's marine diversity, though they represent only 0.1 % of the world's surface. The increase in species richness from the poles to the tropics has remained enigmatic to naturalists for more than 200 years. How have so many species evolved in the tropics?How can so many species coexist there? At a time when rainforests and coral reefs are shrinking, when the earth is facing what has been called the sixth mass extinction, understanding the evolutionary ecology of the tropics is everyone's business. Despite the fundamental importance of the tropics to all of life on earth, tropical biologyhas evolved relatively slowly and with difficulties - economic, political, and environmental. This book is also about tropical science in context, situated in the complex socio-political history, and the rich rainforests and coral reefs of Panama. There are no other books on the history of tropicalecology and evolution or on the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Thus situated in historical context, Jan Sapp's aim is to understand how naturalists have studied and conceptualized the great biological diversity and entangled ecology of tropics. This book has potential to be used intropical biology classes, ecology courses, evolutionary ecology and it could also be useful in classes on the history of biology.
Jan Sapp received his PhD in the history of science from the University of Montreal in 1984. He subsequently held an appointment at the University of Melbourne for 8 years, where he served as chair of the department of History and Philosophy of Science. He was visiting associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (19...
Title:Coexistence: The Ecology and Evolution of Tropical BiodiversityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190632445

ISBN - 13:9780190632441

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