Biodiversity. An Introduction. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 2176956
  • Book
  • 208 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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 ([external URL] />

Biodiversity: An Introduction has 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.

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1. What Is Biodiversity?.

Marion Island.

What Is Biodiversity?.

Elements Of Biodiversity.

Measuring Biodiversity.


Further Reading.

2. Biodiversity Through Time:.


Sources Of Information.

A Brief History Of Biodiversity.

How Many Extant Species Are There?.


Further Reading.

3. Mapping Biodiversity:.


Issues Of Scale.

Extremes Of High And Low Diversity.

Gradients In Biodiversity.



Further Reading.

4. Does Biodiversity Matter?.


Direct Use Value.

Indirect Use Value.

Non–Use Value.


Further Reading.

5. Human Impacts:.


Species Extinctions.

Populations, Individuals And Genetic Diversity.

Threats To Biodiversity.

The Scale Of The Human Enterprise.


Further Reading.

6. Maintaining Biodiversity:.


Objectives Of The Convention.

General Measures For Conservation And Sustainable Use.

Identification And Monitoring.

In–Situ Conservation.

Ex–Situ Conservation.

Sustainable Use Of Components Of Biological Diversity.

Incentive Measures.

Reponses To The Convention.


Further Reading.



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".this excellent little book packs a big punch due to the well chosen examples and case studies, and its engaging, concise and readable style."Biological Conservation

"...the authors have amassed an excellent collection of literature related to biodiversity and conservation and a numberof good examples to illustrate the threats facing biodiversity and its potential loss. This book is an excellent basic introduction to general biodiversity fo students and teachers, as well as generalists and amateurs interested in exploring the fundamentals, uses, threats and conservation of biodiversity." The Glasgow Naturalist, July 2005

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