Ecological Studies

Islands

Biological Diversity and Ecosystem Function

Editors: Vitousek, Peter, Loope, Lloyd L., Adsersen, Hennig (Eds.)

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Oceanic islands represent a set of systems in which biological diversity varies as a consequence of remoteness or size, not environment; they are also generally simpler than continental ecosystems. Islands therefore provide an opportunity to determine the direct effects of biological diversity on ecosystem function.
The volume addresses the components of biological diversity on islands and their patterns of variation; the modern threats to the maintenance of biological diversity on islands; the consequences of island biology and its modification by humanity regarding aspects of ecosystem function; the global implications of islands for conservation; and how islands can help one to understand the processes inducing changes throughout the world.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction-Why Focus on Islands?

    Vitousek, Peter M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • Research on Islands: Classic, Recent, and Prospective Approaches

    Adsersen, Henning

    Pages 7-21

  • Evolution, Speciation, and the Genetic Structure of Island Populations

    Kaneshiro, K. Y.

    Pages 23-33

  • Patterns of Diversity in Island Plants

    Eliasson, U.

    Pages 35-50

  • Vertebrate Patterns on Islands

    Roughgarden, J.

    Pages 51-56

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Softcover $149.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Islands
Book Subtitle
Biological Diversity and Ecosystem Function
Editors
  • Peter Vitousek
  • Lloyd L. Loope
  • Hennig Adsersen
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
115
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-78963-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-78963-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-78965-6
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 238
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