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2nd Edition

Fundamentals of Biogeography

ISBN 9780415323475
Published September 2, 2004 by Routledge
456 Pages

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Book Description

Fundamentals of Biogeography presents an accessible, engaging and comprehensive introduction to biogeography, explaining the ecology, geography, history and conservation of animals and plants. Starting with an outline of how species arise, disperse, diversify and become extinct, the book examines: how environmental factors (climate, substrate, topography, and disturbance) influence animals and plants; investigates how populations grow, interact and survive; how communities form and change; and explores the connections between biogeography and conservation.

The second edition has been extensively revised and expanded throughout to cover new topics and revisit themes from the first edition in more depth. Illustrated throughout with informative diagrams and attractive photos and including guides to further reading, chapter summaries and an extensive glossary of key terms, Fundamentals of Biogeography clearly explains key concepts in the history, geography and ecology of life systems. In doing so, it tackles some of the most topical and controversial environmental and ethical concerns including species over-exploitation, the impacts of global warming, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity loss and ecosystem restoration.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introducing Biogeography  1. What is Biogeography?  2. Biogeographical Processes I: Speciation, Diversification and Extinction  3. Biogeographical Processes II: Dispersal  4. Biogeographical Patterns: Distributions  Part 2: Ecological Biogeography  5. Habitats, Environments and Niches  6. Climate and Life  7. Substrate and Life  8. Topography and Life  9. Disturbance  10. Populations  11. Interacting Populations  12. Communities  13. Community Change  Part 3: Historical Biogeography  14. Dispersal and Diversification in the Distant Past  15. Vicariance in the Distant Past  16. Past Community Change  Part 4: Conservation Biogeography  17. Conserving Species and Populations  18. Conserving Communities and Ecosystems

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Richard Huggett is a Reader in Geography at the University of Manchester, UK.