The Biogeography of the Australian North West Shelf: Environmental Change and Life's Response

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byBarry Wilson, Barry Wilson

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The Biogeography of the Australian North West Shelf provides the first assembly of existing information of the North West Shelf in terms of geological, oceanographic and climatological history and current understanding of such issues as biodiversity, connectivity, larval dispersal and speciation in the sea that determine the distribution patterns of its invertebrate fauna. It is intended as a source of information and ideas on the biota of the shelf and its evolutionary origins and affinities and the environmental drivers of species’ ecology and distribution and ecosystem function.

Regulators and industry environmental managers worldwide, but especially on the resource-rich North West Shelf, are faced with having to make decisions without adequate information or understanding of conservation values or the factors that drive ecosystem processes and resilience in the face of increasing anthropogenic and natural change. This book will provide a resource of information and ideas and extensive references to issues of primary concern. It will provide a big-picture narrative, putting the marine biota into a geological, evolutionary, and regional biodiversity context.

  • The first book to cover the major benthic habitats and physical and ecological condition of the North West Shelf of Australia
  • Covers new information on geomorphology and biota of coral reefs and other invertebrate habitats that are key species and functional groups of the North West Shelf
  • Introduces new ideas on biogeographic processes and patterns in tropical seas

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The Biogeography of the Australian North West Shelf provides the first assembly of existing information of the North West Shelf in terms of geological, oceanographic and climatological history and current understanding of such issues as biodiversity, connectivity, larval dispersal and speciation in the sea that determine the distributi...

Barry Wilson graduated with Honours in science from the University of Western Australia (zoology and geology majors) and was awarded a PhD from that university in 1965 with a thesis on the reproductive biology and ecology of marine molluscs. This was followed by a post-doctoral appointment as Fulbright Scholar and Research Fellow in th...

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Format:OtherDimensions:640 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0124114881

ISBN - 13:9780124114883

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Contemporary Physical Environment

Chapter 3: Major Coastal and Offshore Habitats and their Invertebrate Communities

3.1: Rocky Shores

3.2: Coral Reefs of the North West Shelf

3.3: Mangrove Habitat and Associated Fauna

3.4: Habitats and Biotic Assemblages of Intertidal Sandy and Muddy Shores

3.5: Benthic Shelf and Slope Habitats

Chapter 4: Biodiversity and Distribution Patterns of North West Shelf

Chapter 5: Reef and Benthic Invertebrate Fauna