Chapter 10. Towards an Understanding of Vertebrate Biodiversity in the Australian Wet Tropics

  1. Nigel E. Stork Chair Head Associate Dean CEO Director Member4 and
  2. Stephen M. Turton Executive Director Associate Professor Director Councillor5
  1. Stephen E. Williams1,†,
  2. Joanne L. Isaac1,
  3. Catherine Graham2 and
  4. Craig Moritz3,‡

Published Online: 2 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300321.ch10

Living in a Dynamic Tropical Forest Landscape

Living in a Dynamic Tropical Forest Landscape

How to Cite

Williams, S. E., Isaac, J. L., Graham, C. and Moritz, C. (2008) Towards an Understanding of Vertebrate Biodiversity in the Australian Wet Tropics, in Living in a Dynamic Tropical Forest Landscape (eds N. E. Stork and S. M. Turton), Blackwell Publishing, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300321.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 4

    School of Resource Management and Geography, Faculty of Land and Food Resources, University of Melborne, Burnley Campus, Richmond, Victoria, Australia

  2. 5

    Australian Tropical Forest Institute, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

  2. 2

    Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook State University, New York, USA

  3. 3

    Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

  1. The authors were participants of Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Ecology and Management

  2. The authors were participants of Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Ecology and Management

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405156431

Online ISBN: 9781444300321

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Keywords:

  • Towards An Understanding Of Vertebrate Biodiversity;
  • patterns of biodiversity of vertebrates within the Wet Tropics;
  • Wet Tropics vertebrate fauna - evolution and assembly;
  • Late Quaternary climate fluctuations and extinction–colonization dynamics;
  • historical biogeography of region;
  • biodiversity conservation in Wet Tropics;
  • species-sifting via historical processes of rainforest contraction and expansion

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Current knowledge of patterns of biodiversity in the Wet Tropics

  • Evolution and assembly of the Wet Tropics vertebrate fauna

  • Late Quaternary climate fluctuations and extinction-colonization dynamics

  • Contemporary influences on biodiversity

  • Summary

  • Conservation of biodiversity in the Wet Tropics

  • References