Biogeography, Third Edition
Like its predecessor, Biogeography, Second Edition, aims to integrate the specialized subdisciplines that threaten to divide the field. It combines ecological and historical perspectives to show how contemporary environments, earth history, and evolutionary processes have shaped the distributions of species and the patterns of biodiversity. It illustrates general patterns and processes using examples from different groups of plants and animals from diverse habitats and geographic regions.
Biogeography, Second Edition, consists of 19 chapters, organized into five sections. The book is beautifully illustrated with hundreds of figures and maps, and contains a glossary and extensive bibliography. Starting from simple facts and principles, and assuming only a rudimentary knowledge of biology, geography, and earth history, the book seeks to explain the relationships between the patterns of plant and animal distributions and the mechanistic processes that have produced them. Throughout, the emphasis is on the interplay between unifying concepts and the evidence that supports or challenges these ideas. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An excellent introductory approach to Biogeography, June 12, 2001
This book written by some of the best authors known in the field comprises a quite extensive overall view of biogeography, its fundaments, beginnings, divisions, schools and relatively new applications and inner relations with other sciences.It contains also a copy of the original zoogeographic regions map created by Wallace. This book resembles the whole biogeography curse taught in the Faculty of Sciences of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, UNAM. which is quite exceptional and has the best scientists-profesors in Latin America. If you are looking for a "has it all" biogeography book this one is a must have for undergraduates and graduates students interested in comparative biology, systematics and distributions of taxa within time and space. The review has only four stars for strictly brand new additions of up to date biogeographical information are not included in this edition, yet, but for a three year old book it is a minor problem.
Brilliant text–but not substantially different than the second edition, November 17, 2007
Biogeography, Third Edition, is a beautiful new edition of a classic, but one that I suspect was encouraged by the publisher to sell more books rather than make much needed corrections and updates to the text. I certainly hope that the binding on this edition holds up a bit better than the second edition.
Brown and Lomolino’s Biogeography is THE authoritative introductory text in this field. I suppose if you can’t lay your hands on a cheap used copy of the second edition, or want a pristine new copy for posterity, you can’t go wrong by purchasing this book.