Hampered by a confusing plethora of approaches and methods, biogeography is often treated as an adjunct to other areas of study. The first book to fully define this rapidly emerging subdiscipline, Biogeography in a Changing World elucidates the principles of biogeography and paves the way for its evolution into a stand-alone field.
Drawing on contributions from leading proponents of differing methods within biogeography, the book clearly defines the differing, sometimes conflicting, perspectives in the field and their correspondingly different methodological approaches. This gives readers the opportunity to refocus on a range of issues including the role of biological processes such as vicariance, dispersal and extinction in biogeographical explanation, the possibility of biogeographical pattern, and the role of geological reconstructions in biogeographic explanation. The book also explores the discipline’s current relationship with other disciplines and discusses potential developments.
Table of Contents
Ernst Haeckel And Louis Agassiz: Trees That Bite And Their Geographical Dimension, Common Cause And Historical Biogeography. A Brief Look At Pacific Biogeography: The Trans-Oceanic Travels of Microseris (Angiosperms: Asteraceae). Biotic Element Analysis and Vicariance Biogeography. Evolution of Specific and Genetic Diversity during Ontogeny of Island Floras: The Importance of Understanding Process for Interpreting Island Biogeographic Patterns. Event-Based Biogeography: Integrating Patterns, Processes and Time. Phylogeography In Historical Biogeography: Investigating The Biogeographic Histories Of Populations, Species, And Young Biotas. Are Plate Tectonic Explanations for Trans-Pacific Disjunctions Plausible? Empirical Tests of Radical Dispersalist Theories.
Malte C. Ebach, Raymond S. Tangney