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An Introduction

Authors: Kevin J. Gaston, John I. Spicer Publisher: Wiley Publication date: 2009 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 209 Publication formats: EAN: 9781444312324 ISBN: 9781444312324 Category: Biology, life sciences Publisher's index: - Bibliographic note: -



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


  • Biodiversity: An Introduction 2
    • Contents 8
    • Preface 10
    • Acknowledgements 12
    • 1 What is biodiversity? 20
    • 1.1 Marion Island 20
    • 1.2 What is biodiversity? 22
    • 1.3 Elements of biodiversity 24
    • 1.4 Measuring biodiversity 28
    • 1.5 Summary 35
    • Further reading 35
    • 2 Biodiversity through time 38
    • 2.1 Introduction 38
    • 2.2 Sources of information 38
    • 2.3 A brief history of biodiversity 40
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Author's affiliation

Kevin J. Gaston: University of Sheffield
John I. Spicer: University of Plymouth