The Mediterranean Region: Biological Diversity through Time and Space

Paperback | February 28, 2010

byJacques Blondel, James Aronson, Jean-Yves Bodiou

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It is becoming clear that the Mediterranean region is one of the "hottest" of the biodiversity hotspots on the planet. There is also an increasing concern for the conservation, adaptive management, and restoration of the unique natural ecosystems and cultural landscapes that characterize thisarea. The region's biological and cultural heritage as well as its huge wealth of biodiversity is now at real risk. This brings a further urgency to the task of communicating detailed but readily accessible information on the Mediterranean biota, and an ecological, historical and evolutionaryperspective to the changing contexts in which the region's flora and fauna continue to evolve. There is no other recent textbook devoted solely to Mediterranean evolutionary ecology, and a synthesis of the many recent advances is now overdue. This new work builds on the success and reputation of the first edition, although the text has been updated and expanded to document recent changes tobiodiversity, new ecological and evolutionary insights, and the challenges for the future. These changes include the addition of two new chapters devoted to the Mediterranean Sea itself, and especially the coastal areas. Throughout the book, the pressing issues of global change (especially climatewarming) are addressed, in conjunction with changing land use, and in terms of their potential impact on biota, communities, ecosystems, and landscapes.

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It is becoming clear that the Mediterranean region is one of the "hottest" of the biodiversity hotspots on the planet. There is also an increasing concern for the conservation, adaptive management, and restoration of the unique natural ecosystems and cultural landscapes that characterize thisarea. The region's biological and cultural h...

Jacques BLONDEL is emeritus Director of research at the Center of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology (CNRS) in Montpellier, France. He is involved in studies on biogeography, community ecology and population biology at various scales of space and time, using birds as study models. He has published extensively on these fields in the l...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199557993

ISBN - 13:9780199557998

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Table of Contents

Peter Raven: ForewordPreface1. Setting the Scene2. Determinants of Present-Day Biodiversity3. Present-Day Terrestrial Biodiversity4. Present-Day Marine Biodiversity5. Scales of Observation6. A Patchwork of Habitats7. Populations, Species, and Community Variations8. Life Histories and Terrestrial Ecosystem Functioning9. Life in the Sea10. Humans as Sculptors of Mediterranean Landscapes11. Biodiversity Downs and Ups12. Biodiversity and Global Change13. Challenges for the FutureGlossaryReferencesIndex