Bringing together the viewpoints of leading ecologists concerned with the processes that generate patterns of diversity, and evolutionary biologists who focus on mechanisms of speciation, this book opens up discussion in order to broaden understanding of how speciation affects patterns of biological diversity, especially the uneven distribution of diversity across time, space and taxa studied by macroecologists. The contributors discuss questions such as: Are species equivalent units, providing meaningful measures of diversity? To what extent do mechanisms of speciation affect the functional nature and distribution of species diversity? How can speciation rates be measured using molecular phylogenies or data from the fossil record? What are the factors that explain variation in rates? Written for graduate students and academic researchers, the book promotes a more complete understanding of the interaction between mechanisms and rates of speciation and these patterns in biological diversity.
• Brings together leading ecologists and evolutionary biologists, allowing the reader to see new connections between the disciplines • Chapters on prokaryotes, protists, plants and animals allow readers to integrate ideas across the full range of taxa • Introduction gives an overview of the current problem, helping readers see the connections among chapters
Hardback. 346 pages. 22 b/w illus.