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Biodiversity in Drylands Toward a Unified Framework

English | 2004 | ISBN: 0195139852 | PDF | 366 Pages | 3.6 mb

Biodiversity in Drylands, the first internationally based synthesis volume in the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Series, unifies the concepts of species and landscape diversity with respect to deserts. Within this framework, the book treats several emerging themes, among them:
how animal biodiversity can be supported in deserts
diversity’s relation to habitat structure, environmental variability, and species interactions
the relation between spatial scale and diversity
how to use a landscape simulation model to understand diversity
microbial contributions to biodiversity in deserts 
species diversity and ecosystem processes
resource partitioning and biodiversity in fractal environments
effects of grazing on biodiversity
reconciliation ecology and the future of conservation management
In the face of global change, integration is crucial for dealing with the problem of sustaining biodiversity. This book promises to be a vital resource for students, researchers, and managers interested in integrative species, resource, and landscape diversities.