like it or not, Steadman's contention that the human history of tropical islands has had a massive impact on the contemporary avifauna seems unavoidable.
The biotic particularity of this region is out of any doubt; however, its southern limit has been the topic of a constant debate among biogeographers
who have worked in such area (e.
Widespread Indo-Pacific shore-fish species: a challenge for taxonomists, biogeographers
, ecologists and fishery and conservation managers.
Since most biogeographers
refer to grasslands as either short grass or tall grass a brief description of the areas included is necessary.
Marsh conditions, with vegetation growing in standing water, prevailed around the shallow edges of the lake and became more extensive as the processes of sedimentation and plant invasion that ecologists and biogeographers
know as hydric or hydrosere succession continued.
Human Settlement and Biota of Islands" the papers include the problems in island differentiation caused by island biogeographers
, the archeological record of births in Britain and Ireland, human interference on Ascension island, the effects of ocean fishing, the mesolithic-neolithic transition in the Channel Islands, a study of post-beaker burial on the Isle of Harris, and changes in land use in agriculture and forestry in Ireland, East Anglia and the Atlantic islands.
not only for taxonomists and biogeographers
but also for the efficient
frequently use mensurative scales in their methodology, and since nature is strongly scale dependent (Allen & Starr 1982), it is prudent to investigate the effects of transitions from one scale to another.
studied the geographical distribution of different plant groupings on the basis of the program drawn up by Alexander von Humboldt in his Essay on the Geography of Plants.
This contraction fragmented the birds' habitat and saw populations of these endemic species split and become isolated: a process biogeographers
and paleontologists have known for some time that they can capitalize on another type of experiment, i.
That seasonal temperatures, rather than average yearly temperatures, play a critical role in constraining latitudinal ranges has long been recognized by biogeographers
(see especially Orton 1920, Setchell 1920, Hutchins 1947).
The potential for geographic isolation in high-latitude refuges is more frequently discussed by marine biogeographers
This sharp and apparently arbitrary division, known as Wallace's Line, was an important and interesting puzzle for many biogeographers
Quammen tells the story well, mixing accounts of travels to exotic islands with visits to modem island biogeographers
in their natural habitats.