Published Online: 26 MAR 2003
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Henderson, S. J. and Whittaker, R. J. 2003. Islands. eLS. .
- Published Online: 26 MAR 2003
Islands are simplified ecosystems that provide natural scientists with multiple, discrete units to study and upon which to base more general biogeographical, ecological and evolutionary theory. Island biogeographical theory has provided a framework for estimating species losses and to guide conservation management as continental landscapes become increasingly fragmented into ‘habitat islands’.
- adaptive radiation;
- ecological assembly;
- equilibrium theory;
- taxon cycle