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The Theory of Island Biogeography

The Theory of Island Biogeography
 

This work develops 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.

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ISBN 9781400881376
Barcode 9781400881376
Published 28 January 2016
Available in PDF format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en
Author(s) By MacArthur, Robert H.
By Wilson, Edward O.
Series Princeton Landmarks in Biology
Availability Wheelers ePlatform

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ISBN-13 9781400881376
ISBN-10 1400881374
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Publication Date 28 January 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format PDF ebook – With a New preface by Edward O. Wilson
Edition With a New preface by Edward O. Wilson
Author(s) By MacArthur, Robert H.
By Wilson, Edward O.
Series Princeton Landmarks in Biology
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Science: General Issues
Biology & Life Sciences
Ecological Science, The Biosphere
Human Biology
Earth Sciences
Biogeography
Applied Ecology
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Geography & Earth Science: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 578.752
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Electronic Book

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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review "Anyone interested in the history of modern ecology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology should be aware of the content and impact of this seminal work."---Sharon Kingsland, Journal of the History of Biology

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Author's Bio

Robert H. MacArthur was Professor of Biology at Princeton University until his death in 1972. Edward O. Wilson is University Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard University. He is the author of many books, including Biodiversity, Biophilia, The Diversity of Life, and Naturalist.

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