The Biology of Rarity

Causes and consequences of rare—common differences

  • William E. Kunin
  • Kevin J. Gaston

Part of the Population and Community Biology Series book series (PCBS, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Rarity and Rare-Common Differences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kevin J. Gaston, William E. Kunin
      Pages 12-29
    3. Kevin J. Gaston
      Pages 30-47
    4. Tim M. Blackburn, Kevin J. Gaston
      Pages 48-60
  3. Mechanisms Creating Rare-Common Differences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Michael L. Rosenzweig, Mark V. Lomolino
      Pages 63-90
    3. Georgina M. Mace, Melanie Kershaw
      Pages 130-149
    4. Gordon H. Orians
      Pages 190-208
  4. Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Peter Cotgreave, Mark Pagel
      Pages 237-261
    3. Kevin J. Gaston, William E. Kunin
      Pages 262-272
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 273-280

About this book


This book began life as a review article. That article spawned a symposium which was, in turn, greatly expanded to form the present volume. As the project moved through these developmental stages (hopefully, towards attainment of its full maturity), a number of people have provided invaluable assistance to us, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them. Gordon Orians must certainly take a high place in that list. He has been both a friend and mentor to W.E.K., and many of the topics explored in this book have emerged from the resultant dialogue. His thought processes, ideas and perhaps even some of his turns of phrase emerge throughout much ofthe book. Gordon also played a pivotal role in inviting in motion, and so he has served as a catalyst the article that set this project to the book as well as one of its reagents. While he has not served as an editor of this book, he is one of its authors in more than just the literal sense.


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Editors and affiliations

  • William E. Kunin
    • 1
  • Kevin J. Gaston
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Department of Animal and Plant SciencesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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