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This concise introductory text provides a complete overview of biodiversity – what it is, how it arose, its distribution, why it is important, human impact upon it, and what should be done to maintain it.
The field of biodiversity is rapidly developing as new research challenges and furthers our understanding of this stimulating subject. This new edition has been substantially revised to take account of these recent developments. Much of the text has been rewritten, updated and extended to provide an up-to-date examination of key issues, and includes the newest models, experiments and research. Throughout the text reference is made to the relevant primary literature and each chapter ends with suggestions for further reading, including the most important new articles and books. All the figures included in the book are downloadable from the Blackwell Publishing website (www.blackwellpublishing.com/gaston).
Biodiversity: An Introductionhas been designed primarily for undergraduates studying biodiversity on a range of courses in botany, zoology and ecology. It is also essential reading for anyone requiring an overview of the vast literature on this topic.
This primer is designed for undergraduate students taking short courses in biodiversity, and aims to provide an overview of the subject as well as an entry into the primary literature. It is intended as a basis for an entire course on biodiversity
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This concise introductory text provides a complete overview of biodiversity - what it is, how it arose, its distribution, why it is important, human impact upon it, and what should be done to maintain it.
- Timely overview of the serious attempts made to quantify and describe biodiversity in a scientific way
- Acts as an easy entry point into the primary literature
- Provides real-world examples of key issues, including illustrations of major temporal and spatial patterns in biodiversity
- Designed primarily with undergraduate students and course lecturers in mind, it will also be of interest to anyone who requires an overview of, and entry to, the vast literature on these topics.
- All the figures included in the book are downloadable from the Blackwell Publishing website
This book is a short and simple introduction to biodiversity - how it arose, where it occurs, why it is important and what should be done to maintain it. Designed primarily with undergraduate students in mind, although also of interest to conservation and environment professionals, it provides a timely overview of the serious attempts made to quantify and describe biodiversity in a scientific way as well as acting as a point of entry into the primary literature. Incorporated into the text are a number of exercises designed to encourage active learning and promote debate of some of the more controversial issues.
About the Author
Kevin J. Gaston
is Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Sheffield. He has broad research interests in the fields of biodiversity, macroecology and conservation biology.
John I. Spiceris a Reader in Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth. His research interests range from the ecophysiology of marine animals through to the functional biodiversity of marine systems.
Table of Contents
1. What Is Biodiversity?.
What Is Biodiversity?.
Elements Of Biodiversity.
2. Biodiversity Through Time:.
Sources Of Information.
A Brief History Of Biodiversity.
How Many Extant Species Are There?.
3. Mapping Biodiversity:.
Issues Of Scale.
Extremes Of High And Low Diversity.
Gradients In Biodiversity.
4. Does Biodiversity Matter?.
Direct Use Value.
Indirect Use Value.
5. Human Impacts:.
Populations, Individuals And Genetic Diversity.
Threats To Biodiversity.
The Scale Of The Human Enterprise.
6. Maintaining Biodiversity:.
Objectives Of The Convention.
General Measures For Conservation And Sustainable Use.
Identification And Monitoring.
Sustainable Use Of Components Of Biological Diversity.
Reponses To The Convention.