Theory of Island Biogeography

ISBN-10: 0691088365
ISBN-13: 9780691088365
Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/18/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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 Biogeographywas 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'sSong of the Dodoto arguments in the professional literature,The Theory of Island Biogeographyremains 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.

Robert H. MacArthur (1930-1972) was Professor of Biology at Princeton University.

He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1929. He is currently Pellegrino University Research Professor & Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy, Conservation International & the American Museum of Natural History. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Preface to the Princeton Landmarks in Biology Edition
Preface
Symbols Used
The Importance of Islands
Area and Number of Speicies
Further Explanations of the Area-Diversity Pattern
The Strategy of Colonization
Invasibility and the Variable Niche
Stepping Stones and Biotic Exchange
Evolutionary Changes Following Colonization
Prospect
Glossary
References
Index

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