Island Biogeography: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation by Robert J. WhittakerIsland Biogeography: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation by Robert J. Whittaker

Island Biogeography: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation

byRobert J. Whittaker, Jose Maria Fernandez-Palacios

Paperback | December 30, 2006

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Island biogeography is the study of the distribution and dynamics of species in island environments. Due to their isolation from more widespread continental species, islands are ideal places for unique species to evolve, but they are also places of concentrated extinction. Not surprisingly,they are widely studied by ecologists, conservationists and evolutionary biologists alike. There is no other recent textbook devoted solely to island biogeography, and a synthesis of the many recent advances is now overdue. This second edition builds on the success and reputation of the first, documenting the recent advances in this exciting field and explaining how islands have been usedas natural laboratories in developing and testing ecological and evolutionary theories. In addition, the book describes the main processes of island formation, development and eventual demise, and explains the relevance of island environmental history to island biogeography. The authors demonstratethe huge significance of islands as hotspots of biodiversity, and as places from which disproportionate numbers of species have been extinguished by human action in historical time. Many island species are today threatened with extinction, and this work examines both the chief threats to theirpersistence and some of the mitigation measures that can be put in play with conservation strategies tailored to islands.
Robert J. Whittaker is Professor of Biogeography at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment Jose Maria Fernandez-Palacios is Professor of Ecology at the La Laguna University, Tenerife
Title:Island Biogeography: Ecology, Evolution, and ConservationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.79 inPublished:December 30, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198566123

ISBN - 13:9780198566120

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Table of Contents

Part 1 - Islands as Natural Laboratories1. The natural laboratory paradigm2. Island environments3. The biogeography of island life: biodiversity hotspots in contextPart 2- Island Ecology4. Species number games: the macroecology of island biotas5. Community assembly and dynamics6. Scale and island ecological theory: towards a new synthesisPart 3- Island Evolution7. Arrival and change8. Speciation and the island condition9. Emergent models of island evolutionPart 4- Islands and Conservation10. Island theory and conservation11. Anthropogenic losses and threats to island ecosystems12. Island remedies: the conservation of islands ecosystems

Editorial Reviews

`This is an exceptionally exciting time in the development of island biogeography, and the authors of this book have done us a great service in clarifying where we have been and hlping to point the way forwards.'Lawrence R. Heaney, Journal of Biogeography (2007) 34, 1832