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Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach [Paperback]

C. Barry Cox , Peter D. Moore
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27 Oct 1999
The science of biogeography asks, and seeks to answer, many varied questions. Why are there so many different kinds of animals and plants? Why are some common and some rare? Why are some widely dispersed and others confined to very limited areas? Why are some habitats and parts of the world so much richer in species than others? How have these patterns of distribution and species richness evolved?

The answers to these questions, inas far as they are known, are as diverse and varied as the questions themselves. To approach them it is necessary to understand global patterns of climate, as well as the physical barriers to dispersal presented by oceans, mountain chains and deserts. We need to know how species respond to the presence of competitors, predators and parasites, and how they react when their physical environment alters as climate changes and as continents break up and are set adrift. Most important, we need to appreciate the impact of our own species upon all others, placing new demands upon the adaptability of the living world.

The questions asked by biogeography themselves evolve over time, and this new edition of a long–established text raises new questions concerned with such topics as global biodiversity, the roles of species in ecosystems, and the degree to which traditional biogeographical concepts can be applied to the extensive, but neglected, realms of the world′s oceans. Marine biogeography is becoming an increasingly important and well–understood discipline, and is included here for the first time.


The book is intended as the principal text for students taking courses in biogeography, as well as wider degree programmes in which the study of biogeography is important, such as geography, ecology, palaeobiology and evolution.


  • A successful and established textbook.
  • 2–colour text and colour plate section introduced for the first time.
  • Thoroughly revised and updated including new chapters on island and marine biogeography.
  • Contemporary layout with chapter summaries, further reading etc. to facilitate tuition.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 6th Revised edition edition (27 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086542778X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865427785
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“May I congratulate [Cox and Moore] in once again, making a subject that requires of the student a certain breadth of experience and a willingness to embrace many disciplines, attractive appealing and accessible…this publication will continue to be the authoritative and highly acclaimed text for students of biogeography” Dr Malcolm Greenwood, Loughborough University, UK <!––end––>


“This is a great compendium of the science of Biogeography, broad but full of details…with new references and good coverage of recent breakthroughs. Its well–balanced coverage of most major biomes, including marine systems, really stand out”Professor George Robinson, SUNY at Albany, US

"The latest edition of Biogeography is an excellent overview of the history of biogeography and related sciences and how this has culminated in the latest advances in biogeography."
Blumea, June 2005

"All in all, Cox and Moore have written an ejoyable, very readable book..."
Systematic Biology, April 2006

"An excellent introductory text on biogeography...clearly and neatly written, very well structured and effectively illustrated...yet again, the authors have very successfully revitalized their classic text and I am absolutely certain that it will remain a bestseller for many more years to come." Martin Kent (University of Plymouth) in Progress in Physical Geography --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The science of biogeography asks, and seeks to answer, many varied questions. Why are there so many different kinds of animals and plants? Why are some common and some rare? Why are some widely dispersed and others confined to very limited areas? Why are some habitats and parts of the world so much richer in species than others? How have these patterns of distribution and species richness evolved?

The answers to these questions, in as far as they are known, are as diverse and varied as the questions themselves. To approach them it is necessary to understand global patterns of climate, as well as the physical barriers to dispersal presented by oceans, mountain chains and deserts. We need to know how species respond to the presence of competitors, predators and parasites, and how they react when their physical environment alters as climate changes and as continents break up and are set adrift. Most important of all, we need to appreciate the impact of our own species upon all others, placing new demands upon the adaptability of the living world.

The questions asked by biogeography themselves evolve over time, and this new edition of a long–established text raises new questions concerned with such topics as global biodiversity, the roles of species in ecosystems, and the degree to which traditional biogeographical concepts can be applied to the extensive, but neglected, realms of the world′s oceans. Marine biogeography is a new, but fast developing discipline, and is included here for the first time.

The book is intended as the principal text for students taking courses in biogeography, as well as wider degree programmes in which the study of biogeography is important, such as geography, ecology, palaeobiology and evolution.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Biogeography 10 April 2013
By iammeg
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This book is very useful for university students. I study human geography, and had to read it to aid a module.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended 17 April 2012
By Linda
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This might have been an acceptable introduction to the subject once, but it could never have been a really good introduction, and now it is very dated too. Probably not worth buying, unless you want an inexpensive book that will give you a rough idea of what biogeography is about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why the physical, tangible, real world is the way it is. 7 Feb 2002
By Connie Chai Scholl - Published on Amazon.com
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This excellent textbook is less than 300 pages, and yet I didn't feel like I learned any less than someone who read a 1000 page textbook on the same subject. This is a comprehensive, introductory volume that is, surprisingly for a textbook, extremely well written. This book delivered Biogeography to my mind, and my great teacher Dr Patrick Armstrong of Univeristy of Western Australia made it come alive in my head. Everything you need to lead you into the fascinating study of our tangible world is here. Read it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic, with some seriously bad science 26 Jan 2012
By AussieDood - Published on Amazon.com
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Some positive reviews from colleagues encouraged me to try this book out for my senior-level biogeography class. I have to say I am quite disappointed. Overall, the book is very simple, even given it's length, and some of the science is badly outdated or simply wrong. Then, inexplicably, there will be a section so littered with jargon it is nearly unapproachable. I am fine with students learning new vocabulary, but only if it is relevant to the subject. There are many bolded vocabulary words that are highly specific to areas tangential to biogeography. These could have been left out.

Now, given the title, "an ecological and evolutionary approach," I expected a book that thoroughly discussed the role of these major processes in determining biogeography. What I got was quite different. The discussion of ecology is laughable. Competition got a page. Mutualism a paragraph or so. Predation and parasitism a page and a half. These subjects are scattered around the book, meaning students will have to flip around if they'd like to have a coherent description of community ecology. There is NO coherent synthesis of how these processes combine to influence biogeographic patterns. I wound up having the students set the book aside for more than a week, and used alternate sources to lecture on this material.

The section on evolution is better (a whole chapter!). Of course, little of that chapter is related explicitly to ecology, which is unfortunate. The depth is limited, but not cripplingly so. However, there are some factual errors which cannot be overlooked. There are numerous little errors (such as confusing premating/postmating with prezygotic/postzygotic isolating mechanisms). However, the most glaring error by far is the suggestion (twice so far, but there may be more I haven't found yet) that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny, and that we can understand evolutionary relationships through embryology. This concept is not newly discredited, and is enough to make me question how well researched the book actually is.

There is also a lack of the niceties present in other textbooks. As an instructor, I often get a CD with the artwork for the book, allowing me to project the art and discuss it during class. Not present here, not obvious way to get it from the publisher, and no answer from the sales rep when I asked about it.

In short, avoid this book. There must be better ones out there (and I will update this review if I find one). Even if there aren't, it isn't worth the trouble of correcting the misconceptions.
3.0 out of 5 stars Zoological book not for botanist 1 April 2014
By Kitichate Sridith - Published on Amazon.com
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good book but still the text concerning too much on animal not plants. I think it was written by Zoologist only.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! 13 May 2013
By Judith A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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I love reading this book. The writing is lucid, the ideas flow well and the breadth of knowledge discussed is amazing. However, this is not a book for a freshman ecology class. It assumes a basic class in biology, ecology and probably geology. As that is my background it was perfect. I was looking for a book to explain- why is life where it is on this planet? This book does it. New terminology is explained at first use and there doesn't seem to be any attempt to puff it up by using unnecessarily big or obscure words. Also the authors have a sense of humor. Another plus is the reference and discussion of original research and the references for further investigation. Again, scientists often don't agree. The authors bring up and discuss contentious points without being judgmental or nasty .I love geology and they integrate plate tectonics, glaciation and climatology very well into the discussion of life. I can see several years spent exploring aspects of nature explored in this book.
3.0 out of 5 stars just that last owner made some funny notes on it and few pages are underlined 22 Sep 2014
By cax - Published on Amazon.com
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In general the book is ok, just that last owner made some funny notes on it and few pages are underlined.
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