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Island Biogeography: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation [Paperback]

Robert J. Whittaker , Jose Maria Fernandez-Palacios

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30 Nov 2006 0198566123 978-0198566120 2
Island biogeography is the study of the distribution and dynamics of species in island environments. Due to their isolation from more widespread continental species, islands are ideal places for unique species to evolve, but they are also places of concentrated extinction. Not surprisingly, they are widely studied by ecologists, conservationists and evolutionary biologists alike.
There is no other recent textbook devoted solely to island biogeography, and a synthesis of the many recent advances is now overdue. This second edition builds on the success and reputation of the first, documenting the recent advances in this exciting field and explaining how islands have been used as natural laboratories in developing and testing ecological and evolutionary theories. In addition, the book describes the main processes of island formation, development and eventual demise, and explains the relevance of island environmental history to island biogeography. The authors demonstrate the huge significance of islands as hotspots of biodiversity, and as places from which disproportionate numbers of species have been extinguished by human action in historical time. Many island species are today threatened with extinction, and this work examines both the chief threats to their persistence and some of the mitigation measures that can be put in play with conservation strategies tailored to islands.

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This is an exceptionally exciting time in the development of island biogeography, and the authors of this book have done us a great service in clarifying where we have been and hlping to point the way forwards. (Lawrence R. Heaney, Journal of Biogeography (2007) 34, 1832)

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Robert J. Whittaker is Professor of Biogeography at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment

Jose Maria Fernandez-Palacios is Professor of Ecology at the La Laguna University, Tenerife

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These words taken from Alfred Russel Wallace's Island life encapsulate an over-arching idea that could be termed the central paradigm of island biogeography. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good compilation of the literature 16 Mar 2008
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This provides a very well done, thorough review of the literature on island biogeography, species area relationships, and patterns of evolution on islands. The sections on island evolution are especially good. The book deals mainly with "true islands" (rather than "habitat islands"), and I would highly recommend it for anyone studying island ecosystems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 30 April 2014
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I enjoyed this book, in particular the discussion covering the different types of islands, their formation and many aspects of island ecology.
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