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Species diversity in space and time

Author: Michael L Rosenzweig
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why do larger areas have more species? What makes diversity so high near the equator? Has the number of species grown during the past 600 million years? This book examines these questions and many  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael L Rosenzweig
ISBN: 0521496187 9780521496186 0521499526 9780521499521
OCLC Number: 31708447
Description: xx, 436 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The road ahead --
Patterns in space --
Patterns in time --
Dimensionless patterns --
Speciation --
Extinction --
Coevolution of habitat diversity and species diversity --
Species--area curves: the classical patterns --
Species--area curves: large issues --
Paleobiological patterns --
Other patterns with dynamic roots --
Energy flow and diversity --
Diversity dynamics: a hierarchical puzzle.
Responsibility: Michael L. Rosenzweig.
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Preface xiii CHAPTER 1: THE ROAD AHEAD 1 How many rooms in Noah's Ark? 1 The structure of this book 4 CHAPTER 2: PATTERNS in SPACE 8 Species-area curves 8 Latitudinal gradients 25 Habitat variety 32 Disturbance 36 Productivity 39 Hot spots 46 Relative diversity of polyploid species 48 CHAPTER 3: PATTERNS IN TIME 50 Evolutionary time 50 Ecological Time 62 CHAPTER 4: DIMENSIONLESS PATTERNS 73 Body size 73 Patterns in food webs and food chains 77 CHAPTER 5: SPECIATION 87 Geographical speciation 87 Polyploidy 96 Competitive speciation 97 Evidence for competitive speciation 105 The relative importance of speciation modes 107 Immigration 110 CHAPTER 6: EXTINCTION 112 Basic causes 112 Who suffers accidents? 113 The role of population interactions 125 Extinction rates and diversity 128 Measuring extinction rates 135 Doomed species - extinction may take a long time 145 Mass extinctions 146 CHAPTER 7: COEVOLUTION OF HABITAT DIVERSITY AND SPECIES DIVERSITY 151 The tradeoff principle 151 Speciation will break up a cartel of phenotypes 156 The coevolution of niche breadth 157 Plants also restrict themselves to their best habitats 166 Seasonality 174 The evolution of habitat diversity 175 CHAPTER 8: SPECIES-AREA CURVES: THE CLASSICAL PATTERNS 190 Mainland patterns 190 Island patterns 210 CHAPTER 9: SPECIES-AREA CURVES: LARGE ISSUES 264 Interprovincial patterns: species-area curves in evolutionary time 264 The linearity of species-area curves and their slopes 268 Synthesis: species-area curves at several scales of space and time 276 The effect of drifting continents 279 Latitudinal gradients 284 CHAPTER 10: PALEOBIOLOGICAL PATTERNS 297 The epochal steady state 297 Why, over hundreds of millions of years, does diversity rise? 306 CHAPTER 11: OTHER PATTERNS WITH DYNAMIC ROOTS 317 Population dynamics and food webs 317 Polyploidy 338 Disturbance and non-equilibrium systems 341 CHAPTER 12: ENERGY FLOW AND DIVERSITY 345 Experimental increase of productivity 345 The unimodal pattern in regions 348 The global scale 370 Prospects 371 CHAPTER 13: DIVERSITY DYNAMICS: A HEIRARCHICAL PUZZLE 373 The role of differential equations 374 A large piece of the puzzle: area effects 376 Future exploration of data for pattern 377 The dinosaur's challenges 378 Salute 381 References 385 Index 423

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