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Biological diversity : the coexistence of species on changing landscapes

Author: Michael A Huston
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
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"This book describes the natural processes that must be understood in order to manage and protect the Earth's biological diversity. The author begins with a clear definition of biological diversity and a summary of the types of diversity patterns found on Earth. Next he lays out a scientific framework for understanding the complex array of diversity patterns, including the distribution of rare species to landscape  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael A Huston
ISBN: 0521360935 9780521360937 0521369304 9780521369305
OCLC Number: 31322781
Description: xix, 681 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Part 1. Raw material and tools --
2. General patterns of species diversity --
3. The assessment of species diversity --
Part 2. Theories of species diversity --
4. Equilibrium: processes and landscape-scale diversity --
5. Non-equilibrium processes and local diversity --
6. Diversity within populations --
7. The structure of communities and ecosystems --
8. Landscape patterns: disturbance and diversity --
9. Landscape patterns: succession and temporal change --
10. Landscape patterns: gradients and zonation --
Part 4. Case studies: patterns and hypotheses --
11. Case studies: endemism and invasions --
12. Case studies: species diversity in marine ecosystems --
13. Case studies: species diversity in fire-influenced ecosystems --
14. Case studies: species diversity in tropical rain forest --
15. Concluding comments: the economics of biological diversity.
Responsibility: Michael A. Huston.
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This book discusses the factors and processes affecting biodiversity and its preservation.  Read more...

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