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A Theory of Global Biodiversity (MPB-60)

Boris Worm and Derek P. Tittensor


The number of species found at a given point on the planet varies by orders of magnitude, yet large-scale gradients in biodiversity appear to follow some very general patterns. Little mechanistic theory has been formulated to explain the emergence of observed gradients of biodiversity both on land and in the oceans. Based on a comprehensive empirical synthesis of global patterns of species diversity and their drivers, this book develops and applies a new theory that can predict such patterns from few underlying processes. The book shows that global patterns of biodiversity fall into four consi ... More

Keywords: biodiversity, global patterns, species diversity, biogeographic patterns, neutral theory, metabolic theory, niche theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691154831
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154831.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Boris Worm, author
Dalhousie University

Derek P. Tittensor, author
Dalhousie University