In this volume the dynamic patterns of human density and distribution are examined in relation to the viability of native species and the integrity of their habitats. Social, biological, and earth scientists describe their models, outline their conclusions from field studies, and review the contributions of other scientists whose work is essential to this field. The book starts with general theories and broad empirical relationships that help explain dramatic changes in the patterns of the occurrence of species, changes that have developed in parallel with human population growth, migration and settlement. In the following chapters specific biomes and ecosystems are highlighted as the context for human interactions with other species. A discussion of the key themes and findings covered rounds out the volume. All in all, the work presents our species, Homo sapiens, as what we truly have been and will likely remain-an influential, and often the most influential, constituent in nearly every major ecosystem on Earth.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 609 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
From the reviews:"The volume is divided into three sections. The first section comprises six general chapters presenting theoretical approaches and empirical analyses related to changes in the patterns of species diversity. ... The second section focuses on specific biomes and ecosystems as an arena for people to interact with their environment. ... The third and conclusive section ... presents an analysis of the two preceding sections. ... A short index is included at the end of the book. ... The individual reader ... might well recommend the book to his institutional library." (Matthias Schaefer, Basic and Applied Ecology, Vol. 13 (1), 2012)