The Nature of Diversity
An Evolutionary Voyage of Discovery
Daniel R. Brooks and Deborah A. McLennan argue that it is impossible to comprehend the nature of life on earth unless evolution—the history of organisms—is restored to a central position in research. They demonstrate how the phylogenetic approach can be integrated with ecological and behavioral studies to produce a richer and more complete picture of evolution. Clearly setting out the conceptual, methodological, and empirical foundations of their research program, Brooks and McLennan show how scientists can use it to unravel the evolutionary history of virtually any characteristic of any living thing, from behaviors to ecosystems. They illustrate and test their approach with examples drawn from a wide variety of species and habitats.
The Nature of Diversity provides a powerful new tool for understanding, documenting, and preserving the world's biodiversity. It is an essential book for biologists working in evolution, ecology, behavior, conservation, and systematics. The argument in The Nature of Diversity greatly expands upon and refines the arguments made in the authors' previous book Phylogeny, Ecology, and Behavior.
1. Voyage of Discovery
2. Tools for the Voyage
3. Species: Exploring the Entities
4. Historical Biogeography: Exploring Space
5. Functions: Exploring Options
6. Evolutionary Radiations: Exploring Time
7. Community Evolution: Exploring the Space-Time
8. Coevolution: Exploring Personal Relationships
9. Biodiversity: Exploring the Future