Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 609–611 | Cite as

H. I. Griffiths, B. Krystufek and J. M. Reed (eds), Balkan Biodiversity: Pattern and Process in the European Hotspot

Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2004, 191 pp, Hardback, £103.00, ISBN 1-4020-2853-9
  • David J. HorneEmail author
Book Review

Europe’s major hotspot of biodiversity, the mountainous Balkan Peninsula, is bordered by the Adriatic and Ionian seas to the West, the Aegean, Marmara and Black seas to the East, and in the North by the Pannonian Plain and the Carpathian Mountains. It encompasses Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and part of Romania. That its biodiversity patterns and their underlying processes are poorly understood is attributed by two of the editors (Krystufek and Reed) to historical and political factors, notably a lack of communication between specialists in different fields and between scientists in different Balkan countries. This book is the outcome of a workshop (“Pattern and process in Balkan biodiversity”) convened to address these problems and which was held in Slovenia in September 2001. A British scientist, Huw Griffiths, was a driving force behind the project; he regarded the meeting as a “testimony to his life’s work” and was...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography, Queen MaryUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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