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Biological Diversity


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Robert M. May: Foreword 1: Anne E. Magurran and Brian J. McGill: Challenges and Opportunities in Biodiversity Assessment PART I - BASIC MEASUREMENT ISSUES 2: Scott A. Bonar, Jeffery S. Fehmi, and Norman Mercado-Silva: An Overview of Sampling Issues in Species Diversity and Abundance Surveys 3: Stephen T. Buckland, Angelika Studeny, Anne E. Magurran and Stuart E. Newson: Biodiversity Monitoring: the Relevance of Detectability PART II - DIVERSITY 4: Nicholas J. Gotelli and Robert K. Colwell: Estimating Species Richness 5: Brian A. Maurer and Brian J. McGill: Measurement of Species Diversity 6: Lou Jost, Anne Chao, and Robin L. Chazdon: Compositional Similarity and Beta Diversity 7: Anne E. Magurran: Measuring Biological Diversity in Time (and Space) PART III - DISTRIBUTION 8: Anne E. Magurran and Peter A. Henderson: Commonness and Rarity 9: Brian J. McGill: Species Abundance Distributions 10: Sean R. Connolly and Maria Dornelas: Fitting and Empirical Evaluation of Models for Species Abundance Distributions 11: Kevin J. Gaston and Fangliang He: Species Occurrence and Occupancy 12: Brian J. McGill: Measuring the Spatial Structure of Biodiversity PART IV - ALTERNATIVE MEASURES OF DIVERSITY 13: Evan Weiher: A Primer of Trait Diversity 14: Mark Vellend, William K. Cornwell, Karen Magnuson-Ford, and Arne O. Mooers: Measuring Phylogenetic Biodiversity 15: Melanie Culver, Robert Fitak and Hans-Werner Herrmann: Genetic Methods for Biodiversity Assessment PART V - APPLICATIONS 16: Lise Ovreas and Thomas P. Curtis: Microbial Diversity and Ecology 17: Maria Dornelas, Candan Soykan, and Karl Inne Ugland: Biodiversity and Disturbance 18: Steven L. Chown and Melodie A. McGeoch: Measuring Biodiversity in Managed Landscapes 19: Peter J. Wagner and S. Kathleen Lyons: Estimating Extinction with the Fossil Record 20: Michael L. Rosenzweig, John Donoghue II, Yue Max Li and Chi Yuan: Estimating Species Density PART VI - CONCLUSIONS 21: Brian J. McGill and Anne E. Magurran: Conclusions References Index

About the Author

Anne Magurran is a professor at the University of St Andrews, Scotland and an ecologist interested in the measurement, conservation and evolution of biological diversity. She has current research projects in Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico and the UK and is the author of Ecological Diversity and its Measurement (1988) and Measuring Biological Diversity (2004). Brian McGill is a professor at the University of Arizona. He is interested in understanding and measuring how human-caused global change (especially global warming and land cover change) affect communities of organisms. He works with large datasets from many different types of organisms and locations.


This edited book delivers exactly what it says in the title: an up-to-date account of the state of play of measuring and assessing biodiversity ... the intended target audience includes graduate students and advanced researchers and practitioners in the world of conservation ... anyone interested in the serious study of biodiversity should have a copy. * Robert H. Marrs, Biological Conservation *
probably the best single-volume book on biodiversity available to date. * Bulletin of the European Dry Grassland Group *

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