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Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach Paperback – May 10, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470637944 ISBN-10: 0470637943 Edition: 8th

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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 8 edition (May 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470637943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470637944
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“May I congratulate [Cox and Moore] in once again, making a subject that requires of the student a certain breadth of experience and a willingness to embrace many disciplines, attractive appealing and accessible…this publication will continue to be the authoritative and highly acclaimed text for students of biogeography” Dr Malcolm Greenwood, Loughborough University, UK <!--end-->


“This is a great compendium of the science of Biogeography, broad but full of details…with new references and good coverage of recent breakthroughs. Its well-balanced coverage of most major biomes, including marine systems, really stand out”Professor George Robinson, SUNY at Albany, US

"The latest edition of Biogeography is an excellent overview of the history of biogeography and related sciences and how this has culminated in the latest advances in biogeography."
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"All in all, Cox and Moore have written an ejoyable, very readable book..."
Systematic Biology, April 2006

"An excellent introductory text on biogeography...clearly and neatly written, very well structured and effectively illustrated...yet again, the authors have very successfully revitalized their classic text and I am absolutely certain that it will remain a bestseller for many more years to come." Martin Kent (University of Plymouth) in Progress in Physical Geography --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The questions asked by biogeography evolve over time, and this new edition of a long-established book raises new questions concerned with such topics as global biodiversity, the roles of species in ecosystems, and the degree to which traditional biogeographical concepts can be applied to the extensive but neglected realms of the world's oceans. Marine biogeography is a new, but fast developing discipline and is included here for the first time. The book is intended for readers interested in biogeography, as well as geography, ecology, paleobiology, and evolution. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Connie Chai Scholl on February 7, 2002
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This excellent textbook is less than 300 pages, and yet I didn't feel like I learned any less than someone who read a 1000 page textbook on the same subject. This is a comprehensive, introductory volume that is, surprisingly for a textbook, extremely well written. This book delivered Biogeography to my mind, and my great teacher Dr Patrick Armstrong of Univeristy of Western Australia made it come alive in my head. Everything you need to lead you into the fascinating study of our tangible world is here. Read it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AussieDood on January 26, 2012
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Some positive reviews from colleagues encouraged me to try this book out for my senior-level biogeography class. I have to say I am quite disappointed. Overall, the book is very simple, even given it's length, and some of the science is badly outdated or simply wrong. Then, inexplicably, there will be a section so littered with jargon it is nearly unapproachable. I am fine with students learning new vocabulary, but only if it is relevant to the subject. There are many bolded vocabulary words that are highly specific to areas tangential to biogeography. These could have been left out.

Now, given the title, "an ecological and evolutionary approach," I expected a book that thoroughly discussed the role of these major processes in determining biogeography. What I got was quite different. The discussion of ecology is laughable. Competition got a page. Mutualism a paragraph or so. Predation and parasitism a page and a half. These subjects are scattered around the book, meaning students will have to flip around if they'd like to have a coherent description of community ecology. There is NO coherent synthesis of how these processes combine to influence biogeographic patterns. I wound up having the students set the book aside for more than a week, and used alternate sources to lecture on this material.

The section on evolution is better (a whole chapter!). Of course, little of that chapter is related explicitly to ecology, which is unfortunate. The depth is limited, but not cripplingly so. However, there are some factual errors which cannot be overlooked. There are numerous little errors (such as confusing premating/postmating with prezygotic/postzygotic isolating mechanisms).
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I love reading this book. The writing is lucid, the ideas flow well and the breadth of knowledge discussed is amazing. However, this is not a book for a freshman ecology class. It assumes a basic class in biology, ecology and probably geology. As that is my background it was perfect. I was looking for a book to explain- why is life where it is on this planet? This book does it. New terminology is explained at first use and there doesn't seem to be any attempt to puff it up by using unnecessarily big or obscure words. Also the authors have a sense of humor. Another plus is the reference and discussion of original research and the references for further investigation. Again, scientists often don't agree. The authors bring up and discuss contentious points without being judgmental or nasty .I love geology and they integrate plate tectonics, glaciation and climatology very well into the discussion of life. I can see several years spent exploring aspects of nature explored in this book.
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good book but still the text concerning too much on animal not plants. I think it was written by Zoologist only.
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In general the book is ok, just that last owner made some funny notes on it and few pages are underlined.
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