Biogeography: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)

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Biogeography is the study of geographic variation in all characteristics of life - ranging from genetic, morphological and behavioural variation among regional populations of a species, to geographic trends in diversity of entire communities across our planet's sufrace. From the ancient hunters and gatherers to the earliest naturalists, Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace, and scientists today, the search for patterns in life has provided insights that proved invaluable for understanding the natural world. And many, if not most, of the compelling kaleidoscope of patterns in biological diversity make little sense unless placed in an explicit geographic context.

The Very Short Introduction explains the historical development of the field of biogeography, its fundamental tenets, principles and tools, and the invaluable insights it provides for understanding the diversity of life in the natural world. As Mark Lomolino shows, key questions such as where species occur, how they vary from place to place, where their ancestors occurred, and how they spread across the globe, are essential for us to develop effective strategies for conserving the great menagerie of life across our planet.

The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

About the Author

Mark V. Lomolino is a Professor of Biology at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. He teaches courses on the Diversity of Mammals and the Geography of Nature, and conducts research in biogeography and the conservation of vertebrates, especially those occurring on islands or island-like systems. Lomolino was a co-founder of the International Biogeography Society and its second president, and has co-authored numerous books on biogeography, including Foundations of Biogeography (University of Chicago Press, 2004), Frontiers of Biogeography (Sinauer Associates, 2004), and Biogeography (Sinauer/OUP, 2017), which is in its fifth edition.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780198850069
ISBN-10: 0198850069
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: October 1st, 2020
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Very Short Introductions