Quaternary Ecology Evolution and Biogeography

Quaternary Ecology  Evolution  and Biogeography
Author: Valenti Rull
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 278
Release: 2020-03-05
ISBN 10: 0128204745
ISBN 13: 9780128204740
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quaternary Ecology Evolution and Biogeography Book Review:

Quaternary Ecology, Evolution, and Biogeography offers an introduction to the study of the ecological and evolutionary processes that have shaped our present biosphere under the influence of glacial-interglacial cycles. Written by an ecologist with paleoecological expertise, this book reviews the climactic changes that have occurred during the last 2.6 million years, along with the responses of organisms and ecosystems. It offers an understanding of the evolutionary origin of extant biodiversity, its biogeographical patterns, and the composition of modern ecological communities. In addition, it explores human evolution and the influence of our activities on the biosphere, especially in the last millennia. This book offers the latest information on how studying the past can contribute to our understanding of present climate issues for a better future, and is an ideal resource for researchers and students in the natural sciences. Includes the latest developments in genomics and their relevance within Quaternary evolution Offers a holistic view of the origin of biodiversity patterns and community assembly Discusses the role of climate on human evolution and the ecological consequences for natural systems

The SAGE Handbook of Biogeography

The SAGE Handbook of Biogeography
Author: Andrew Millington,Mark Blumler,Udo Schickhoff
Publsiher: SAGE
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2011-09-22
ISBN 10: 1446254453
ISBN 13: 9781446254455
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The SAGE Handbook of Biogeography Book Review:

"A superb resource for understanding the diversity of the modern discipline of biogeography, and its history and future, especially within geography departments. I expect to refer to it often." - Professor Sally Horn, University of Tennessee "As you browse through this fine book you will be struck by the diverse topics that biogeographers investigate and the many research methods they use.... Biogeography is interdisciplinary, and a commonly-voiced concern is that one biogeographer may not readily understand another's research findings. A handbook like this is important for synthesising, situating, explaining and evaluating a large literature, and pointing the reader to informative publications." - Geographical Research "A valuable contribution in both a research and teaching context. If you are biologically trained, it provides an extensive look into the geographical tradition of biogeography, covering some topics that may be less familiar to those with an evolution/ecology background. Alternatively, if you are a geography student, researcher, or lecturer, it will provide a useful reference and will be invaluable to the non-biogeographer who suddenly has the teaching of an introductory biogeography course thrust upon them." - Adam C. Algar, Frontiers of Biogeography The SAGE Handbook of Biogeography is a manual for scoping the past, present and future of biogeography that enable readers to consider, where relevant, how similar biogeographical issues are tackled by researchers in different 'schools'. In line with the concept of all SAGE Handbooks, this is a retrospective and prospective overview of biogeography that will: Consider the main areas of biogeography researched by geographers Detail a global perspective by incorporating the work of different schools of biogeographers Ecplore the divergent evolution of biogeography as a discipline and consider how this diversity can be harnessed Examine the interdisciplinary debates that biogeographers are contributing to within geography and the biological sciences. Aimed at an international audience of research students, academics, researchers and practitioners in biogeography, the text will attract interest from environmental scientists, ecologists, biologists and geographers alike.

Paleoecological Research on Easter Island

Paleoecological Research on Easter Island
Author: Valenti Rull
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2020-08-07
ISBN 10: 0128227478
ISBN 13: 9780128227473
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paleoecological Research on Easter Island Book Review:

Paleocological Research on Easter Island: Insights on Settlement, Climate Changes, Deforestation and Cultural Shifts examines the area’s climatic and ecological history, a topic not usually addressed in other literature. The book provides a thorough and synthetic account of all paleoecological works developed to date, including the latest discoveries. Finally, it attempts to match paleoecological evidence with the results of other disciplines creating a multidisciplinary framework. This approach to the field is ideal for researchers, university professors and graduate students in a varied range of disciplines and subdisciplines, including ecology, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, biogeography, sedimentology, and paleontology. Users will find synthesized information on Easter Island from the last millennia that will help pave the way towards an integrated interdisciplinary vision of the island’s environmental-ecological-cultural system as a complex functional unit. Human and environmental deterministic views are avoided and the Easter Island enigmas are analyzed under a holistic perspective of continuous feedbacks and synergies among the different components of the system. Provides the first synthesis of the available paleoecological knowledge on Easter Island Furnishes clues on how to integrate paleoecological information with evidence from other disciplines Addresses the complexity of the environmental-ecological-cultural system by analyzing the interactions (feedbacks and synergies) among its components

Paleozoology and Paleoenvironments

Paleozoology and Paleoenvironments
Author: J. Tyler Faith,R. Lee Lyman
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 434
Release: 2019-02-28
ISBN 10: 1108480357
ISBN 13: 9781108480352
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paleozoology and Paleoenvironments Book Review:

Outlines the ecological fundamentals, assumptions, and techniques for reconstructing past environments using fossil animals from archaeological and paleontological sites.

Neotropical Diversification Patterns and Processes

Neotropical Diversification  Patterns and Processes
Author: Valentí Rull,Ana Carolina Carnaval
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 820
Release: 2020-03-30
ISBN 10: 3030311678
ISBN 13: 9783030311674
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Neotropical Diversification Patterns and Processes Book Review:

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the patterns of biodiversity in various neotropical ecosystems, as well as a discussion on their historical biogeographies and underlying diversification processes. All chapters were written by prominent researchers in the fields of tropical biology, molecular ecology, climatology, paleoecology, and geography, producing an outstanding collection of essays, synthetic analyses, and novel investigations that describe and improve our understanding of the biodiversity of this unique region. With chapters on the Amazon and Caribbean forests, the Atlantic rainforests, the Andes, the Cerrado savannahs, the Caatinga drylands, the Chaco, and Mesoamerica – along with broad taxonomic coverage – this book summarizes a wide range of hypotheses, views, and methods concerning the processes and mechanisms of neotropical diversification. The range of perspectives presented makes the book a truly comprehensive, state-of-the-art publication on the topic, which will fascinate both scientists and general readers alike.

Biodiversity

Biodiversity
Author: John Spicer
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2021-05-06
ISBN 10: 0861540182
ISBN 13: 9780861540181
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biodiversity Book Review:

Our future is closely tied to that of the variety of life on Earth, and yet there is no greater threat to it than us. From population explosions and habitat destruction to climate change and mass extinctions, John Spicer explores the causes and consequences of our biodiversity crisis. In this revised and updated edition, he examines how grave the situation has become over the past decade and outlines what we must do now to protect and preserve not just nature’s wonders but the essential services that biodiversity provides for us, seemingly for nothing.

Biotic Evolution and Environmental Change in Southeast Asia

Biotic Evolution and Environmental Change in Southeast Asia
Author: David Gower,Kenneth Johnson,James Richardson,Brian Rosen,Lukas Rüber,Suzanne Williams
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2012-07-19
ISBN 10: 1139536222
ISBN 13: 9781139536226
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biotic Evolution and Environmental Change in Southeast Asia Book Review:

The flora and fauna of Southeast Asia are exceptionally diverse. The region includes several terrestrial biodiversity hotspots and is the principal global hotspot for marine diversity, but it also faces the most intense challenges of the current global biodiversity crisis. Providing reviews, syntheses and results of the latest research into Southeast Asian earth and organismal history, this book investigates the history, present and future of the fauna and flora of this bio- and geodiverse region. Leading authorities in the field explore key topics including palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, biogeography, population genetics and conservation biology, illustrating research approaches and themes with spatially, taxonomically and methodologically focused case studies. The volume also presents methodological advances in population genetics and historical biogeography. Exploring the fascinating environmental and biotic histories of Southeast Asia, this is an ideal resource for graduate students and researchers as well as environmental NGOs.

Paleoecological Research on Easter Island

Paleoecological Research on Easter Island
Author: Valentí Rull
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2020-08-20
ISBN 10: 0128227273
ISBN 13: 9780128227275
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paleoecological Research on Easter Island Book Review:

Paleocological Research on Easter Island: Insights on Settlement, Climate Changes, Deforestation and Cultural Shifts examines the area's climatic and ecological history, a topic not usually addressed in other literature. The book provides a thorough and synthetic account of all paleoecological works developed to date, including the latest discoveries. Finally, it attempts to match paleoecological evidence with the results of other disciplines creating a multidisciplinary framework. This approach to the field is ideal for researchers, university professors and graduate students in a varied range of disciplines and subdisciplines, including ecology, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, biogeography, sedimentology, and paleontology. Users will find synthesized information on Easter Island from the last millennia that will help pave the way towards an integrated interdisciplinary vision of the island's environmental-ecological-cultural system as a complex functional unit. Human and environmental deterministic views are avoided and the Easter Island enigmas are analyzed under a holistic perspective of continuous feedbacks and synergies among the different components of the system. Provides the first synthesis of the available paleoecological knowledge on Easter Island Furnishes clues on how to integrate paleoecological information with evidence from other disciplines Addresses the complexity of the environmental-ecological-cultural system by analyzing the interactions (feedbacks and synergies) among its components

The Balance of Nature and Human Impact

The Balance of Nature and Human Impact
Author: Klaus Rohde
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 413
Release: 2013-02-14
ISBN 10: 1107019613
ISBN 13: 9781107019614
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Balance of Nature and Human Impact Book Review:

Explores equilibrium and non-equilibrium in undisturbed and disturbed ecological systems, examining how human activities affect the balance/imbalance of nature.

Evolutionary Community Ecology

Evolutionary Community Ecology
Author: Mark A. McPeek
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-08-29
ISBN 10: 0691088772
ISBN 13: 9780691088778
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Evolutionary Community Ecology Book Review:

Evolutionary Community Ecology develops a unified framework for understanding the structure of ecological communities and the dynamics of natural selection that shape the evolution of the species inhabiting them. All species engage in interactions with many other species, and these interactions regulate their abundance, define their trajectories of natural selection, and shape their movement decisions. Mark McPeek synthesizes the ecological and evolutionary dynamics generated by species interactions that structure local biological communities and regional metacommunities. McPeek explores the ecological performance characteristics needed for invasibility and coexistence of species in complex networks of species interactions. This species interaction framework is then extended to examine the ecological dynamics of natural selection that drive coevolution of interacting species in these complex interaction networks. The models of natural selection resulting from species interactions are used to evaluate the ecological conditions that foster diversification at multiple trophic levels. Analyses show that diversification depends on the ecological context in which species interactions occur and the types of traits that define the mechanisms of those species interactions. Lastly, looking at the mechanisms of speciation that affect species richness and diversity at various spatial scales and the consequences of past climate change over the Quaternary period, McPeek considers how metacommunity structure is shaped at regional and biogeographic scales. Integrating evolutionary theory into the study of community ecology, Evolutionary Community Ecology provides a new framework for predicting how communities are organized and how they may change over time.

Island Biogeography

Island Biogeography
Author: Robert J. Whittaker,School of Geography Robert J Whittaker
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 285
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 9780198500209
ISBN 13: 0198500203
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Island Biogeography Book Review:

Work on evolution on islands has a long-established biogeographical pedigree, stretching back to the work of Darwin and Wallace. Research generated ideas, theories, and models which have played a central role in the development of mainstream ecology, evolutionary biology, and biogeography. Island Biogeography is a new textbook, aimed at advanced undergraduates and graduate students. This is the first comprehensive book to be written on the topic since 1981. It provides a much needed synthesis of recent development across the discipline, linking current theoretical debates with applied island ecology. Some themes that the book covers include: the nature and formation of island environments, island ecological theories concerning species numbers, species assembly, and composition, and an assessment of the human impact on island biodiversity. Written by an author who has been researching and teaching biogeography for many years, Island Biogeography is wide-ranging, authoritative, and accessible to students from across geography and the life sciences. This is the first truly modern textbook on a fascinating and important subject in evolution and ecology.

Ecology and Biogeography of Mediterranean Ecosystems in Chile California and Australia

Ecology and Biogeography of Mediterranean Ecosystems in Chile  California  and Australia
Author: Mary T. Kalin Arroyo,Paul H. Zedler,Marlyn D. Fox
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 455
Release: 2012-12-06
ISBN 10: 146122490X
ISBN 13: 9781461224907
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ecology and Biogeography of Mediterranean Ecosystems in Chile California and Australia Book Review:

Mediterranean-type ecosystems have provided ecologists with some of the most scientifically-rewarding opportunities to formulate and evaluate hypotheses about large and small-scale ecological phenomena. Comparison of mediterranean-type climate ecosystems in different parts of the world has not only permitted a strong test for ecological convergence, but also critical understanding of key ecophysiological and population processes.

Historical Biogeography

Historical Biogeography
Author: Jorge CRISCI,Liliana Katinas,Paula Posadas,Jorge Víctor Crisci
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2009-06-30
ISBN 10: 0674030044
ISBN 13: 9780674030046
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Historical Biogeography Book Review:

Though biogeography may be simply defined--the study of the geographic distributions of organisms--the subject itself is extraordinarily complex, involving a range of scientific disciplines and a bewildering diversity of approaches. For convenience, biogeographers have recognized two research traditions: ecological biogeography and historical biogeography. This book makes sense of the profound revolution that historical biogeography has undergone in the last two decades, and of the resulting confusion over its foundations, basic concepts, methods, and relationships to other disciplines of comparative biology. Using case studies, the authors explain and illustrate the fundamentals and the most frequently used methods of this discipline. They show the reader how to tell when a historical biogeographic approach is called for, how to decide what kind of data to collect, how to choose the best method for the problem at hand, how to perform the necessary calculations, how to choose and apply a computer program, and how to interpret results.

Biogeography and Ecology of New Guinea

Biogeography and Ecology of New Guinea
Author: J. Linsley Gressitt
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 983
Release: 1982
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015000723752
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biogeography and Ecology of New Guinea Book Review:

Pure and Applied Biogeography

Pure and Applied Biogeography
Author: Levente Hufnagel
Publsiher: BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2018-01-24
ISBN 10: 9535137549
ISBN 13: 9789535137542
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pure and Applied Biogeography Book Review:

This book, Pure and Applied Biogeography, gives a very interesting report and overview about the frontiers of such parts of recent biogeographical research, which plays important roles in solving our most pressing global problems (biodiversity crisis, climate change, water issues, and sustainable agriculture). Our book consists of three sections: "Introduction", "Pure Biogeography and Global Patterns" and "Applied Biogeography and Regional Issues." After the introductory chapter, which is about the main branches and aims of biogeography in service of solving global problems, - we can find three chapters as parts of the first section. First chapter in this section is in close relation with the origin of biodiversity and conservation. The second and third chapters are about the biogeograhical aspects of climate change and biodiversity. In the second section of this book three applied biogeographical chapters can be found, which are related to agriculture, theoretical background of biological plant protection against herbivores, and regional patterns in ecological biogeography.

Biogeography

Biogeography
Author: E. C. Pielou
Publsiher: Malabar, Fla. : Krieger Publishing Company
Total Pages: 351
Release: 1992-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780894647390
ISBN 13: 0894647393
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biogeography Book Review:

The biogeographic subdivisions of the earth. Biogeography and continental drift. Evolution, phylogeny, and geographic spread. The quaternary ice age and biogeography. The biogeography of marine organisms. Island biogeography. Geographical ecology. Dispersal, diffusion, and secular migration. Disjunctions. The geography of genes and chromosomes.

Tropical Rainforests

Tropical Rainforests
Author: Eldredge Bermingham,Christopher W. Dick,Craig Moritz
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 745
Release: 2005-08
ISBN 10: 0226044688
ISBN 13: 9780226044682
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tropical Rainforests Book Review:

Tropical Rainforests looks at the effects of evolutionary histories, past climate change, and ecological dynamics on the origin and maintenance of tropical rainforest communities.

Biodiversity of Pantepui

Biodiversity of Pantepui
Author: Valentí Rull,Teresa Vegas-Vilarrúbia,Otto Huber,Celsa Señaris
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 470
Release: 2019-06-12
ISBN 10: 0128155922
ISBN 13: 9780128155929
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biodiversity of Pantepui Book Review:

Biodiversity of Pantepui: The Pristine "Lost World" of the Neotropical Guiana Highlands provides the most updated and comprehensive knowledge on the biota, origin, and evolution of the Pantepui biogeographical province. It synthesizes historical information and recent discoveries, covering the main biogeographic patterns, evolutionary trends, and conservational efforts. Written by international experts on the biodiversity of this pristine land, this book explores what makes Pantepui a unique natural laboratory to study the origin and evolution of Neotropical biodiversity under the influence of only natural drivers. It discusses the organisms living in Pentepui, including algae, plants, several groups of invertebrates, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. The latter portion of the book delves into the effects of human activity and global warming on Pantepui, and current conservational efforts to combat these threats. Biodiversity of Pantepui is an important resource for researchers in ecology, biogeography, evolution, and conservation, who want to understand the biodiversity and natural history of this region, and how to help conserve and protect the Guiana Highlands from environmental and human damages. Offers a climactic and ecological history of the region since the Late Glacial epoch Discusses the evolutionary origin of the Pantepui biota and its biogeographical patterns Led by a team of editors whose expertise includes Pantepui, the Guiana Shield, and the Neotropics in general

Conservation Biogeography

Conservation Biogeography
Author: Richard Ladle,Robert J. Whittaker
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2011-06-09
ISBN 10: 1444398113
ISBN 13: 9781444398113
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conservation Biogeography Book Review:

The Earth’s ecosystems are in the midst of an unprecedentedperiod of change as a result of human action. Many habitats havebeen completely destroyed or divided into tiny fragments, othershave been transformed through the introduction of new species, orthe extinction of native plants and animals, while anthropogenicclimate change now threatens to completely redraw the geographicmap of life on this planet. The urgent need to understand andprescribe solutions to this complicated and interlinked set ofpressing conservation issues has lead to the transformation of thevenerable academic discipline of biogeography – the study ofthe geographic distribution of animals and plants. The newlyemerged sub-discipline of conservation biogeography uses theconceptual tools and methods of biogeography to address real worldconservation problems and to provide predictions about the fate ofkey species and ecosystems over the next century. This bookprovides the first comprehensive review of the field in a series ofclosely interlinked chapters addressing the central issues withinthis exciting and important subject. View ahref="http://www.wiley.com/go/ladle/biogeography"www.wiley.com/go/ladle/biogeography/a yoaccess the figures from the book.

Quaternary Extinctions

Quaternary Extinctions
Author: Paul S. Martin,Richard G. Klein
Publsiher: University of Arizona Press
Total Pages: 892
Release: 1989-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780816511006
ISBN 13: 0816511004
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quaternary Extinctions Book Review:

What caused the extinction of so many animals at or near the end of the Pleistocene? Was it overkill by human hunters, the result of a major climatic change or was it just a part of some massive evolutionary turnover? Questions such as these have plagued scientists for over one hundred years and are still being heatedly debated today. Quaternary Extinctions presents the latest and most comprehensive examination of these questions. ÑGeological Magazine "May be regarded as a kind of standard encyclopedia for Pleistocene vertebrate paleontology for years to come." ÑAmerican Scientist "Should be read by paleobiologists, biologists, wildlife managers, ecologists, archeologists, and anyone concerned about the ongoing extinction of plants and animals." ÑScience "Uncommonly readable and varied for watchers of paleontology and the rise of humankind." ÑScientific American "Represents a quantum leap in our knowledge of Pleistocene and Holocene palaeobiology. . . . Many volumes on our bookshelves are destined to gather dust rather than attention. But not this one." ÑNature "Two strong impressions prevail when first looking into this epic compendium. One is the judicious balance of views that range over the whole continuum between monocausal, cultural, or environmental explanations. The second is that both the data base and theoretical sophistication of the protagonists in the debate have improved by a quantum leap since 1967." ÑAmerican Anthropologist