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Patterns in Nature
Author: James G. Sanderson

ISBN: 9780226292724
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 17 September 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.0 x 2.0
Description:
What species occur where, and why, and why some places harbor more species than others are basic questions for ecologists. Some species simply live in different places: fish live underwater, birds do not. Adaptations follow: most fish have gills; birds have lungs. But as Patterns in Nature reveals, not all patterns are so trivial.

Bringing up to date a critical debate in the field of community ecology between Jared Diamond and colleagues Daniel Simberloff and Edward F. Connor-in which Connor and Simberloff claimed to have demonstrated that island communities did not differ from random expectations-this book undertakes the identification and interpretation of nature's large-scale patterns of species co-occurrence to offer insight into how nature truly works. Travel along any gradient-up a mountain, from forest into desert, from a north-facing slope to a south-facing one, from low tide to high tide on a shoreline, from Arctic tundra to tropical rain forests-and the species change. What explains the patterns of these distributions? Some patterns might be as random as a coin toss. But as with a coin toss, can ecologists differentiate ...

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