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Environmental Biology

1st Edition

By Terry Bruce Hilleman

CRC Press

392 pages

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Description

Environmental biology is a study in the conditions of life; these conditions impact the life within it. The conditions of life are not limited to the present time; environmental biology has applications to any time in the history (or future) of any place on earth (or beyond). The environment sets limits on the life within it. The loss of habitat is the loss of the conditions of life; that is, loss of habitat is really loss of the conditions of existence necessary for the life within. The loss of habitat is the primary cause of extinction. This book clearly identifies why habitat destruction is the primary cause of extinction, not only for today, but for all time. It establishes that the degree of habitat destruction is directly proportional to the degree of past extinction event severity. Habitat destruction creates changing, isolated environments, which seem to be a component of both destructive and creative evolutionary change.

Table of Contents

Prologue

Overview

Retrospective

Beyond Ancient History

The Atmosphere

Milankovitch Cycle(s)

Climate

Major Environmental Extinction Events

Extinction Events Initiate Change

Chicken Little Was Right

Fire Down Below

Constant Extinction

Ecological Succession

Extinction Event Significance

Environmental Extinction and Environmental Creation

Environmental Creation Significance

The Rest of the Story

Environmentally AND Genetically Determined Evolution

Alone

Genetic Perspective

Genotype and Phenotype

Alleles

Mutation

Phenotype and Environment

Genetic Constraint

Genetic Variation

Environmental Adaptation

A Foundation of Modern Evolutionary Biology

Difficulties on Theory

Environmentally-Determined Evolution?

Macroevolution and Microevolution

Philosophy of Genetic Mechanisms

Biochemistry of Genetic Mechanisms

Primary Production

Respiration

Ecosystem Energy Flow

Common Ground

Biodiversity

Habitat Diversity

Overpopulation

Humanity

Do the Math

The Ongoing Losses

A Choice

Epilogue

Environment and Evolution Questions

Human Population and Resource Questions

References

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCI027000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution