Four Darwinian themes on the origin, evolution and preservation of island life


Mark V. Lomolino, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA.


Charles Darwin’s observations and insights continue to inspire nearly all scientists who are captivated by both the marvels and the perils of island life. Here I feature four themes inspired by Darwin’s singular insights: themes that may continue to provide valuable lessons for understanding the ecological and evolutionary development of insular biotas, and for conserving the natural character and evolutionary potential of all species restricted to isolated ecosystems (natural or anthropogenic).