Environmental Biogeography provides a detailed overview of the major topics within biogeography. Divided into three parts the text looks at basic biological and physical processes underlying species distribution, methods and analyses of distribution and human impact on past and present landscapes. Within a clear framework, the book allows readers to understand how each individual topic is related to the wider picture. By using a wide range of examples taken from around the world, the reader is able to explore the significance of biogeography today. Main features an integrating and thematic structure provides clear and comprehensible organisation of the material. The book is spilt into three parts: theory, measurement and application, each showing a vital area of the topic as it is used today; a wide range of in - text features helps to clarify, extend and apply students' understanding of the fundamental issues.
These are: chapter overviews and summaries, boxed features, review questions, and links to both further reading and key websites; provides a synthesis of biogeography that can be used to develop the reader's confidence in the subject; a supporting website at www pearsoned.co.uk/coker showcases the latest research, providing links and commentaries to papers and other publications. Environmental Biogeography is an essential textbook for undergraduate students taking courses in geography, the environment and environmental science and also suitable for those studying earth sciences, geology, ecology, environmental management and other related environmental courses. Paul Ganderton is an international educator with thirty years experience in ecological and environmental education. His research interests include holistic environmental analysis and human impact on natural systems. Paddy Coker is visiting lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics, University of London, UK. He is Principal of Dryas Associates, a UK - based environmental consultancy.
Table of Contents
Part one Theoretical aspects of biogeography 1 What is biogeography 2 Issues in biogeography 3 The physical environment 4 The biological environment 5 Putting it together: classification, biodiversity and ecosystems 6 Global patterns in biogeography Part two Biogeography in practice 7 Studying and describing vegetation 8 Studying animals and their distributions 9 Responding to conditions: environmental factors and gradients 10 Quantitative and statistical methods - an introduction 11 Modelling Part three The human dimension in biogeography 12 Environments under threat: the biogeography of change 13 Fragile environments: the biogeography of existence 14 Looking at the past - human impact on biogeography 15 Environmental change and conservation 16 Lookin forward - prospects for biogeography