Biodiversity and Biogeographic Patterns in Asia-Pacific Region II: Case Studies

Youhua Chen, PhD
University of Alberta

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: POL054000




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Conservation biology has gradually become one of the mainstream fields in contemporary science. The importance of biodiversity conservation is apparently straightforward to understand: because of global urbanization, industrialization and climate change, people become more knowledgeable about the harmony between human beings, society and nature. Biodiversity science is a leading multidisciplinary science in the 21st century. In Asia, there are two BRIC countries: India and China. Both are giant and developing countries.

The population sizes of both countries rank in the top two across the nations of the whole world. In comparison with developed countries, biodiversity surveying in most Asian countries seems not so comprehensive. New species are continually discovered and reported across the region, and the mega-biodiversity and original forests throughout the region provide invaluable resources for ecologists to explore biodiversity patterns and test relevant ecological theories. This book thus conveys valuable information for researchers interested in the biodiversity conservation issues of the countries across the Asia-Pacific region. In the book, the author applies contemporary statistical methods and numerical techniques to study the biodiversity and biogeography patterns of different taxonomic groups over the region. These case studies are up-to-date and reflect the latest advances in the field of biodiversity science and conservation in the region.
(Imprint: Nova)


Part 1: Biodiversity Patterns and Analyses in China 1

Chapter 1 - Latitudinal Patterns of Phylogenetic Community Structure of Endemic Birds and Mammals of China: Testing “out-of-Tropics” Hypothesi (pp. 3-14)

Chapter 2 - A Multiscale Spatial Analysis on the Distributional Concordance of Birds and Mammals on Hainan Island, China (pp. 15-30)

Chapter 3 - Community Structure and Potential Distribution of Amphibian Taxa (Anura) in Shennongjia Nature Reserve, China (pp. 31-44)

Chapter 4 - Quantifying Species‟ Fundamental Niche Using Different Multivariate Ordination Methods: Testing Phylogenetic Signals and Inferring Evolutionary Models (pp. 45-60)

Part 2: Biodiversity and Biogeographic Patterns in South and Southeast Asia

Chapter 5 - Mapping Multiscale Richness Patterns of Endemic Vertebrate Taxa in Western Ghats, a Tropical Biodiversity Hotspot in South Asia with a Study on the Relative Importance of Spatial and Environmental Covariates (pp. 63-76)

Chapter 6 - Biogeographic Zonation and Phylogenetic Community Structure of Palm Species in South Asia and Northern Part of Southeast Asia (pp. 77-88)

Part 3: Biodiversity Patterns and Analyses in Other Asian-Pacific Regions and the World

Chapter 7 - The Relationship between Beta Diversity and Species-Area Relationship with a Test of the Rapoport‟s Rule in Microarthropod Communities (pp. 91-100)

Chapter 8 - A Comparison of Amphibian Species Richness Turnover Rates over Ecoregions and Zoogeographic Regions of the World (pp. 101-110)

Part 4: Theories and Thoughts on Biodiversity Conservation

Chapter 9 - Biodiversity Maintenance: A Comparison of Three Classical Theories- Niche Theory, Neutral Theory and Lotka-Volterra Competition Theory (pp. 113-120)

Chapter 10 - Why Do We Care About Global Biodiversity? (pp. 121-124)


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