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The loom of life : unravelling ecosystems

Author: Menno Schilthuizen
Publisher: Berlin : Springer, ©2008.
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"How can thousands of tree species coexist in a patch of tropical rainforest where there seems to be just a handful of niches? Why does biodiversity boom at the equator and plummet at the poles? Questions like these are central to modern ecology, where the gap between the familiar "niche" and the staggering (but sharply decreasing) global biodiversity seems to become ever wider. This book helps students and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Schilthuizen, Menno.
Loom of life.
Berlin : Springer, ©2008
(DLC) 2008931032
(OCoLC)233934829
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Menno Schilthuizen
ISBN: 9783540680581 3540680586 9783540680512 3540680519 9786611756734 6611756736
OCLC Number: 656366442
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 167 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Life in little worlds --
Leaky buckets --
Hidden riches --
No niche like home --
Neutral by nature --
In splendid isolation --
Ecology of wildcards --
The loom of life --
The age of atropos.
Responsibility: Menno Schilthuizen.

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This book navigates the extreme complexity of modern ecology by analyzing small niches then zooming out for a global perspective. In its search for unified ecological theories, it gleans from our  Read more...

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From the reviews:"Evolutionary biologist and science writer Menno Schilthuizen retells the story of the Wilson-Simberloff experiment at some length in The Loom of Life. His book is a readable, Read more...

 
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