SPECIES RICHNESS

Patterns in the Diversity of Life

Jonathan Adams

SPECIES RICHNESS This book examines the state of our current understanding of species richness patterns and their explanations. As well as the present-day world, it deals with diversification and extinction, the conservation of species richness, and the difficulties of assessing how many species remain to be discovered. It places species richness in the context of earth system science.

Written in an accessible style, the author offers an up-to-date, rigorous and yet eminently comprehensible overview of the ecology and biogeography of species richness. Species Richness:

Table of Contents

Preface
List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms
  1. Local-scale patterns in species richness
  2. The Holy Grail of ecology: Latitudinal gradients
  3. Deep time and mass extinctions
  4. Hotspots and coldspots
  5. The march of Cain: Humans as a destroyer of species
  6. Knowing what is out there
  7. The current threats
  8. Holding on to what is left
References
Index


Extent: 416 pages, 16-page colour section
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-3-540-74277-7



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