682 pages, 24 tables, 193 line illus
The author sets out to provide a logical framework for the existing theories and information about biodiversity. He discusses the effects of scale on the processes affecting biodiversity, emphasizes spatial and temporal dynamics, and develops mechanistic explanations for diversity patterns at various structural levels. Case studies are also given, and he ends with a discussion of the economics of preserving biodiversity.
'... one of the most satisfactory and certainly one of the most readable books to emerge on the scene.' Peter Moore, New Scientist 'I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone with an interest in biological diversity and commend the author and the publisher on a major contribution to a developing and important topic.' Paddy Coker, Progress in Physical Geography
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