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Biogeography was stuck in a "natural history phase" dominated by the collection of data, the young Princeton biologists Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson argued in 1967. In this book, the authors developed a general theory to explain the facts of island biogeography. The theory builds on the first principles of population ecology and genetics to explain how distance and area combine to regulate the balance between immigration and extinction in island populations. The authors then test the theory against data. The Theory of Island Biogeography was never intended as the last word on the subject. Instead, MacArthur and Wilson sought to stimulate new forms of theoretical and empirical studies, which will lead in turn to a stronger general theory. Even a third of a century since its publication, the book continues to serve that purpose well. From popular books like David Quammen's Song of the Dodo to arguments in the professional literature, The Theory of Island Biogeography remains at the center of discussions about the geographic distribution of species. In a new preface, Edward O. Wilson reviews the origins and consequences of this classic book.

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"MacArthur and Wilson's is arguably the most influential book in biogeography in the last hundred years. With its emphasis on on-going processes of colonization and extinction, it provided a new framework to explain patterns in species diversity and served as a counterpoint to hypotheses relying on chance and solitary historical events. Many of the antecedents for what we now call conservation biology, invasion biology, and landscape ecology had their origins here."--Ted Case, University of California, San Diego

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Biogeography was stuck in a "natural history phase" dominated by the collection of data, the young Princeton biologists Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson argued in 1967. In this book, the authors developed a general theory to explain the facts of island biogeography. The theory builds on the first principles of population ecology and genetics to explain how distance and area combine to regulate the balance between immigration and extinction in island populations. The authors then test the theory against data. The Theory of Island Biogeography was never intended as the last word on the subject. Instead, MacArthur and Wilson sought to stimulate new forms of theoretical and empirical studies, which will lead in turn to a stronger general theory. Even a third of a century since its publication, the book continues to serve that purpose well. From popular books like David Quammen's Song of the Dodo to arguments in the professional literature, The Theory of Island Biogeography remains at the center of discussions about the geographic distribution of species. In a new preface, Edward O. Wilson reviews the origins and consequences of this classic book.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-199) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Princeton Landmarks in Biology Edition vii

Preface xi

Symbols Used xiii

1. The Importance of Islands 3

2. Area and Number of Speicies 8

3. Further Explanations of the Area-Diversity Pattern 19

4. The Strategy of Colonization 68

5. Invasibility and the Variable Niche 94

6. Stepping Stones and Biotic Exchange 123

7. Evolutionary Changes Following Colonization 145

8. Prospect 181

Glossary 185

References 193

Index 201

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691088365
Preface:
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Author:
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Author:
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Author:
Wilson, Edward O.
Author:
MacArthur, Robert H.
Author:
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Biogeography
Subject:
Island ecology
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton landmarks in biology
Series Volume:
SP-185
Publication Date:
February 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 9 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "MacArthur and Wilson's is arguably the most influential book in biogeography in the last hundred years. With its emphasis on on-going processes of colonization and extinction, it provided a new framework to explain patterns in species diversity and served as a counterpoint to hypotheses relying on chance and solitary historical events. Many of the antecedents for what we now call conservation biology, invasion biology, and landscape ecology had their origins here."--Ted Case, University of California, San Diego
"Synopsis" by , Biogeography was stuck in a "natural history phase" dominated by the collection of data, the young Princeton biologists Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson argued in 1967. In this book, the authors developed a general theory to explain the facts of island biogeography. The theory builds on the first principles of population ecology and genetics to explain how distance and area combine to regulate the balance between immigration and extinction in island populations. The authors then test the theory against data. The Theory of Island Biogeography was never intended as the last word on the subject. Instead, MacArthur and Wilson sought to stimulate new forms of theoretical and empirical studies, which will lead in turn to a stronger general theory. Even a third of a century since its publication, the book continues to serve that purpose well. From popular books like David Quammen's Song of the Dodo to arguments in the professional literature, The Theory of Island Biogeography remains at the center of discussions about the geographic distribution of species. In a new preface, Edward O. Wilson reviews the origins and consequences of this classic book.
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