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Biogeography : biological diversity across space and time

Author: Mark V Lomolino; Brett R Riddle; Robert J Whittaker
Publisher: Sunderland, Massachusetts, U.S.A. : Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fifth editionView all editions and formats
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"Biogeography, first published in 1983, is one of the most comprehensive text and general reference books in the natural sciences. The Fifth Edition builds on the strengths of previous editions to provide an insightful and integrative explanation of how geographic variation across terrestrial and marine environments has influenced the fundamental processes of immigration, extinction, and evolution to shape species  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark V Lomolino; Brett R Riddle; Robert J Whittaker
ISBN: 9781605354729 1605354724
OCLC Number: 959373652
Description: xv, 759 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
Contents: The science of biogeography --
The history and reticulationg phylogeny of biogeography --
The geographic template: visualization and analysis of biogeographic pattern --
Distribution of species: ecological foundations --
The distribution and dynamics of communities, biomes, and ecosystems --
Dispersal and immigration --
Speciaion and extinction --
The changing earth --
Glaciation and biogeographic dynamics of the Pleistocene --
The geography of diversification and regionalization --
Reconstructing the evolutionary history of lineage --
Reconstructing the geographic history of lineages and biotas --
Island biogeography --
Areography, ecogeography, and macroecology of continental and oceanic biotas --
Biogeography of humanity, biological diversity, and conservation biogeography --
From the foundations to the frontiers of biogeography.
Responsibility: Mark V. Lomolino, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, Brett R. Riddle, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Robert J. Whittaker, University of Oxford.

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