This detailed exposition gives background and context to how modern biogeography has got to where it is now. For biogeographers and other researchers interested in biodiversity and the evolution of life on islands, Biogeology: Evolution in a Changing Landscape provides an overview of a large swathe of the globe encompassing Wallacea and the western Pacific. The book contains the full text of the original article explored in each chapter, presented as it appeared on publication.
- Holistic treatment, collecting together a series of important biogeographical papers into a single volume
- Authored by an expert who has spent nearly three decades actively involved in biogeography
- Describes and interprets a region of exceptional biodiversity and extreme endemism
- The only book to provide an integrated treatment of Wallacea, Melanesia, New Zealand, the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands and Antarctica
- Offers a critique of fashionable neo-dispersalist arguments, showing how these still suffer from the same weaknesses of the original Darwinian formulation.
The chapters also include analysis of many major theoretical and philosophical issues of modern biogeographic theory, so that those interested in a more philosophical approach will find the book stimulating and thought-provoking.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Setting the scene Chapter 2: Flesh and rocks evolve together Chapter 3: Cleopatra’s nose Chapter 4: New Guinea revisited Chapter 5: The Malay Archipelago Chapter 6: The furious fifties Chapter 7: The Great South Land Chapter 8: Natural areas Chapter 9: The final piece of the jigsaw puzzle Chapter 10: Synthesis
Bernard Michaux, born in UK and now living in New Zealand, is a school teacher, and has published extensively on biogeography and evolution.