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Biodiversity

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The book is a primer on biodiversity that provides an overview of the major topics. The aim of the book is to structure the large accumulated knowledge in the field and briefly present it in a logical and coherent manner. Due to its wide coverage, biodiversity cannot be studied as a whole, only at different levels of complexity, and the book is focused on species diversity. After a short introduction to the concept of biodiversity, its components and genesis, the main biological processes (i.e. speciation, extinction and dispersal) that control species diversity are addressed, followed by the dynamics of species diversity at different time and space scales. The functional role of biodiversity is included as a means of understanding its importance. The position of humans as components of biodiversity but also as a major evolutionary force is addressed from a management and conservation point of view. The book will be of particular interest to students, but will also benefit a wider audience of scientists in ecological and environmental sciences.
The book is a primer on biodiversity that provides an overview of the major topics. The aim of the book is to structure the large accumulated knowledge in the field and briefly present it in a logical and coherent manner. Due to its wide coverage, biodiversity cannot be studied as a whole, only at different levels of complexity, and the book is focused on species diversity. After a short introduction to the concept of biodiversity, its components and genesis, the main biological processes (i.e. speciation, extinction and dispersal) that control species diversity are addressed, followed by the dynamics of species diversity at different time and space scales. The functional role of biodiversity is included as a means of understanding its importance. The position of humans as components of biodiversity but also as a major evolutionary force is addressed from a management and conservation point of view. The book will be of particular interest to students, but will also benefit a wider audience of scientists in ecological and environmental sciences.

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Dan Cogălniceanu • Biodiversity
 
Dan Cogălniceanu
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