Antarctic Ecosystems: An Extreme Environment in a Changing World

Antarctic Ecosystems: An Extreme Environment in a Changing World

Editor(s): Alex D. Rogers, Nadine M. Johnston, Eugene J. Murphy, Andrew Clarke

Published Online: 29 FEB 2012 03:51AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781405198400

Online ISBN: 9781444347241

DOI: 10.1002/9781444347241

About this Book

Since its discovery Antarctica has held a deep fascination for biologists. Extreme environmental conditions, seasonality and isolation have lead to some of the most striking examples of natural selection and adaptation on Earth. Paradoxically, some of these adaptations may pose constraints on the ability of the Antarctic biota to respond to climate change. Parts of Antarctica are showing some of the largest changes in temperature and other environmental conditions in the world. In this volume, published in association with the Royal Society, leading polar scientists present a synthesis of the latest research on the biological systems in Antarctica, covering organisms from microbes to vertebrate higher predators. This book comes at a time when new technologies and approaches allow the implications of climate change and other direct human impacts on Antarctica to be viewed at a range of scales; across entire regions, whole ecosystems and down to the level of species and variation within their genomes. Chapters address both Antarctic terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and the scientific and management challenges of the future are explored.


Table of contents

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    1. Introduction (pages 1–9)

      Andrew Clarke, Nadine M. Johnston, Eugene J. Murphy and Alex D. Rogers

  1. Part 1: Terrestrial and Freshwater Habitats

  2. Part 2: Marine Habitats and Regions

    1. Chapter 4

      The Impact of Regional Climate Change on the Marine Ecosystem of the Western Antarctic Peninsula (pages 91–120)

      Andrew Clarke, David K. A. Barnes, Thomas J. Bracegirdle, Hugh W. Ducklow, John C. King, Michael P. Meredith, Eugene J. Murphy and Lloyd S. Peck

    2. Chapter 5

      The Marine System of the Western Antarctic Peninsula (pages 121–159)

      Hugh Ducklow, Andrew Clarke, Rebecca Dickhut, Scott C. Doney, Heidi Geisz, Kuan Huang, Douglas G. Martinson, Michael P. Meredith, Holly V. Moeller, Martin Montes-Hugo, Oscar Schofield, Sharon E. Stammerjohn, Debbie Steinberg and William Fraser

    3. Chapter 6

      Spatial and Temporal Operation of the Scotia Sea Ecosystem (pages 160–212)

      E. J. Murphy, J. L. Watkins, P. N. Trathan, K. Reid, M. P. Meredith, S. L. Hill, S. E. Thorpe, N. M. Johnston, A. Clarke, G. A. Tarling, M. A. Collins, J. Forcada, A. Atkinson, P. Ward, I. J. Staniland, D. W. Pond, R. A. Cavanagh, R. S. Shreeve, R. E. Korb, M. J. Whitehouse, P. G. Rodhouse, P. Enderlein, A. G. Hirst, A. R. Martin, D. R. Briggs, N. J. Cunningham and A. H. Fleming

    4. Chapter 10

      Southern Ocean Deep Benthic Biodiversity (pages 291–334)

      A. Brandt, C. De Broyer, B. Ebbe, K. E. Ellingsen, A. J. Gooday, D. Janussen, S. Kaiser, K. Linse, M. Schueller, M. R. A. Thomson, P. A. Tyler and A. Vanreusel

  3. Part 3: Molecular Adaptations and Evolution

  4. Part 4: Conservation and Management Aspects

    1. Chapter 15

      Biogeography and Regional Classifications of Antarctica (pages 469–491)

      P. Convey, D. K. A. Barnes, H. J. Griffiths, S. M. Grant, K. Linse and D. N. Thomas

    2. Chapter 16

      Conservation and Management of Antarctic Ecosystems (pages 492–525)

      Susie M. Grant, Pete Convey, Kevin A. Hughes, Richard A. Phillips and Phil N. Trathan

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