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Author Esler, Karen J., author

Title The biology of Mediterranean-type ecosystems / Karen J. Esler, Anna L. Jacobsen, R. Brandon Pratt
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource
Series The biology of habitats series
Biology of habitats
Contents Setting the scene: Mediterranean landscapes -- Painting the picture: the living template -- Choreography: life in motion -- The modern stage: transformation -- Index
Summary The world's mediterranean-type climate regions (including areas within the Mediterranean, South Africa, Australia, California, and Chile) have long been of interest to biologists by virtue of their extraordinary biodiversity and the appearance of evolutionary convergence between these disparate regions. These regions contain many rare and endemic species. Their mild climate makes them appealing places to live and visit and this has resulted in numerous threats to the species and communities that occupy them. Threats include a wide range of factors such as habitat loss due to development and agriculture, disturbance, invasive species, and climate change. As a result, they continue to attract far more attention than their limited geographic area might suggest. This book provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to mediterranean-type ecosystems. As with other books in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in this book is on the organisms that dominate these regions although their management, conservation, and restoration are also considered. The book is intended for students, naturalists, practitioners, and professionals without any previous knowledge of mediterranean-type ecosystem ecology. It is an accessible text suitable for graduate students and researchers of mediterranean-type ecosystem ecology and geography, as well as professional ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and conservation biologists requiring a concise, authoritative overview of the topic
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 21, 2018)
Subject Bioclimatology
Mediterranean climate
Mediterranean climate.
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Biology.
Form Electronic book
Author Jacobsen, Anna L., author
Pratt, R. Brandon, author
ISBN 019105965X (electronic bk.)
9780191059650 (electronic bk.)