Biological Diversity and Ecosystem Function

  • Peter M. Vitousek
  • Lloyd L. Loope
  • Henning Adsersen

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 115)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Introduction-Why Focus on Islands?

    1. Peter M. Vitousek, Henning Adsersen, Lloyd L. Loope
      Pages 1-4
  3. Patterns and Levels of Diversity

  4. Threats to Diversity on Islands

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. C. M. D’Antonio, T. L. Dudley
      Pages 103-121
  5. Diversity and Ecosystem Function

  6. Conservation Implication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
  7. Where Can We Go From Here?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. J. J. Ewel, P. Högberg
      Pages 227-232
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 233-241

About this book


Oceanic islands represent a set of systems in which biological diversity varies as a consequence of remoteness or size, not environment; they are also generally simpler than continental ecosystems. Islands therefore provide an opportunity to determine the direct effects of biological diversity on ecosystem function.
The volume addresses the components of biological diversity on islands and their patterns of variation; the modern threats to the maintenance of biological diversity on islands; the consequences of island biology and its modification by humanity regarding aspects of ecosystem function; the global implications of islands for conservation; and how islands can help one to understand the processes inducing changes throughout the world.


Artenvielfalt Biodiversität Diversität Inseln Islands biodiversity biology ecosystem environment Ökosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter M. Vitousek
    • 1
  • Lloyd L. Loope
    • 2
  • Henning Adsersen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.National Biological SurveyHaleakala National ParkMakawao, MauiUSA
  3. 3.Department of Plant Ecology, Botanical InstituteUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen KDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-78965-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78963-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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