The Mediterranean Region Biological Diversity in Space and Time
It is becoming clear that the Mediterranean region is one of the “hottest” biodiversity hotspots on the planet. There is also an increasing concern for the conservation, adaptive management, and restoration of the unique natural ecosystems and cultural landscapes that characterize this area. The region’s biological and cultural heritage, as well as its vast wealth of biodiversity, are now at real risk. This brings a further urgency to communicating detailed but readily accessible information on the Mediterranean biota and an ecological, historical, and evolutionary perspective on the changing contexts in which the region’s flora and fauna continue to evolve. No other recent textbook is devoted solely to Mediterranean evolutionary ecology, and a synthesis of the many recent advances is now overdue. This new work builds on the success and reputation of the first edition. However, the text has been updated and expanded to document recent changes to biodiversity, new ecological and evolutionary insights, and the challenges for the future. These changes include the addition of two new chapters devoted to the Mediterranean Sea itself, especially the coastal areas. Throughout the book, the pressing issues of global change (especially climate warming) are addressed in conjunction with changing land use and their potential impact on biota, communities, ecosystems, and landscapes.
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Author(s): Jacques Blondel, James Aronson, Jean-Yves Bodiou, Gilles Boeuf
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, Year: 2010
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