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Provides a detailed overview of the major topics within biogeography. Divided into three parts, this text looks at basic biological and physical processes underlying species distribution, methods and analyses of distribution anhd human impact on past and present landscapes.
Part one Theoretical aspects of biogeography 1 What is biogeography 2 Issues in biogeography 3 The physical environment 4 The biological environment 5 Putting it together: classification, biodiversity and ecosystems 6 Global patterns in biogeography Part two Biogeography in practice 7 Studying and describing vegetation 8 Studying animals and their distributions 9 Responding to conditions: environmental factors and gradients 10 Quantitative and statistical methods - an introduction 11 Modelling Part three The human dimension in biogeography 12 Environments under threat: the biogeography of change 13 Fragile environments: the biogeography of existence 14 Looking at the past - human impact on biogeography 15 Environmental change and conservation 16 Lookin forward - prospects for biogeography