Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
, 2006 - Science
- 845 pages
Biogeography, first published in 1983, is one of the most comprehensive text and general reference books in the field. The completely revised and updated Third Edition builds on the strengths of its two previous editions, combining evolutionary and ecological perspectives to show how earth history, contemporary environments, and evolutionary and ecological processes have shaped species distributions and nearly all patterns of biodiversity. Written primarily as a text for undergraduate and graduate courses, and is also an invaluable reference for biogeographers, ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and conservation biologists. Starting from simple facts and principles and assuming only a rudimentary knowledge of biology, geography, and earth history, the text explains the relationships between geographic variation in biodiversity and the geological, ecological, and evolutionary processes that have produced them. Written in an engaging style, Biogeography emphasises the interplay between unifying concepts and presents evidence that supports or challenges these concepts.