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Guana, in the British Virgin Islands, is home to a remarkably diverse assortment of animal and plant life: mangroves, flamingos, iguanas, frogs, birds, snakes, spiders, tortoises, grasshoppers, and bats, to name but a few. What is so surprising about Guana's astonishing panoply is that, according to prevailing ecological theories, the island's diversity should be much lower than it actually is. This provocative book describes Guana's flora and fauna against the backdrop of islands worldwide and their ecology, evolution, and conservation. Much more than a book about one island, it raises important challenges to prevailing dogma of island biogeography and theoretical ecology. James (Skip) Lazell demonstrates that meaningful conservation and avoiding tragic loss of biodiversity demand we know far more about biological interactions, physiographic and geological structure, meteorology, and other factors. He presents compelling evidence that high levels of natural biodiversity underpin ecosystem resilience and stability. Lazell's engaging narrative, containing many entertaining asides and personal reflections, widens into an evocative commentary about the nature of life on earth.

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This is a book about Guana Island, 7th largest island of the British Virgin Islands, but it is more than that. Data taken from years of detailed biological surveys have been used by Lazell and colleagues to test entrenched dogma of island biogeography.

Synopsis:

"The most refreshing and entertaining expose on island biogeography I've read in ages."—Gregory K. Pregill, University of San Diego

About the Author

James Lazell, President of The Conservation Agency, is author of Wildlife of the Florida Keys: A Natural History (1989) and This Broken Archipelago: Cape Cod and the Islands, Amphibians and Reptiles (1976). He is coauthor, with John Alexander, of Ribbon of Sand: The Amazing Convergence of the Ocean and the Outer Banks of North Carolina (second edition, 2000).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520243521
Author:
Lazell, James
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Lazell, James D.
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
British Virgin Islands
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Natural history - British Virgin Islands -
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color illustrations, 17 line illustra
Pages:
402
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 1.25 in 2.06 lb

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"Synopsis" by , This is a book about Guana Island, 7th largest island of the British Virgin Islands, but it is more than that. Data taken from years of detailed biological surveys have been used by Lazell and colleagues to test entrenched dogma of island biogeography.
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"The most refreshing and entertaining expose on island biogeography I've read in ages."—Gregory K. Pregill, University of San Diego
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