Biological diversity in a changing world: introduction

Magurran, Anne, and Dornelas, Maria (2010) Biological diversity in a changing world: introduction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 365 (1558). pp. 3593-3597.

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Abstract

From the pioneering explorations of Joseph Banks (later a President of the Royal Society), to the present day, a great deal has been learnt about the extent, distribution and stability of biological diversity in the world. We now know that diverse life can be found even in the most inhospitable places. We have also learned that biological diversity changes through time over both large and small temporal scales. These natural changes track environmental conditions, and reflect ecological and evolutionary processes. However, anthropogenic activities, including over exploitation, habitat loss and climate change, are currently causing profound transformations in ecosystems and unprecedented loss of biological diversity. This series of papers considers temporal variation in biological diversity, examines the extent of human-related change relative to underlying natural change and builds on these insights to develop tools and policies to help guide us towards a sustainable future.

Item ID: 16842
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1471-2970
Keywords: biodiversity, species richness, time, threat, speciation, extinction
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2011 04:12
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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