OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Biological Diversity: Frontiers in Measurement and Assessment

ISBN : 9780199580675

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Author: 
Anne E. Magurran; Brian J. McGill
Pages
368 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
189 x 248 mm
Pub date
Nov 2010
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Biological Diversity provides an up to date, authoritative review of the methods of measuring and assessing biological diversity, together with their application. The book's emphasis is on quantifying the variety, abundance, and occurrence of taxa, and on providing objective and clear guidance for both scientists and managers. This is a fast-moving field and one that is the focus of intense research interest. However the rapid development of new methods, the inconsistent and sometimes confusing application of old ones, and the lack of consensus in the literature about the best approach, means that there is a real need for a current synthesis. Biological Diversity covers fundamental measurement issues such as sampling, re-examines familiar diversity metrics (including species richness, diversity statistics, and estimates of spatial and temporal turnover), discusses species abundance distributions and how best to fit them, explores species occurrence and the spatial structure of biodiversity, and investigates alternative approaches used to assess trait, phylogenetic, and genetic diversity. The final section of the book turns to a selection of contemporary challenges such as measuring microbial diversity, evaluating the impact of disturbance, assessing biodiversity in managed landscapes, measuring diversity in the imperfect fossil record, and using species density estimates in management and conservation.

Index: 

Foreword
1. Challenges and Opportunities in Biodiversity Assessment
PART I - BASIC MEASUREMENT ISSUES
2. An Overview of Sampling Issues in Species Diversity and Abundance Surveys
3. Biodiversity Monitoring: the Relevance of Detectability
PART II - DIVERSITY
4. Estimating Species Richness
5. Measurement of Species Diversity
6. Compositional Similarity and Beta Diversity
7. Measuring Biological Diversity in Time (and Space)
PART III - DISTRIBUTION
8. Commonness and Rarity
9. Species Abundance Distributions
10. Fitting and Empirical Evaluation of Models for Species Abundance Distributions
11. Species Occurrence and Occupancy
12. Measuring the Spatial Structure of Biodiversity
PART IV - ALTERNATIVE MEASURES OF DIVERSITY
13. A Primer of Trait Diversity
14. Measuring Phylogenetic Biodiversity
15. Genetic Methods for Biodiversity Assessment
PART V - APPLICATIONS
16. Microbial Diversity and Ecology
17. Biodiversity and Disturbance
18. Measuring Biodiversity in Managed Landscapes
19. Estimating Extinction with the Fossil Record
20. Estimating Species Density
PART VI - CONCLUSIONS
21. 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.

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