The Loom of Life

Unravelling Ecosystems

  • Menno Schilthuizen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Pages 11-23
  3. Pages 25-39
  4. Pages 41-53
  5. Pages 55-66
  6. Pages 67-79
  7. Pages 81-95
  8. Pages 97-113
  9. Pages 115-134
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 135-167

About this book


How can thousands of tree species coexist in a patch of tropical rainforest where there seem to be just a handful of niches? Why does biodiversity boom at the equator and plummet at the poles? Questions like these are central to modern ecology, where the gap between the familiar "niche" and the staggering (but sharply decreasing) global biodiversity seems to become ever wider. This book helps students and the general reader to bridge that gap, by tip-toeing from the smallest to the largest ecosystems.


Artenvielfaltsstudien Biogeographie Gemeinschaftsökologie Macroecology Tropenbiologie biodiversity biodiversity studies biogeography community ecology ecology ecosystem environment plankton taxonomy tropical biology

Authors and affiliations

  • Menno Schilthuizen
    • 1
  1. 1.National Museum of Natural History ‘Naturalis’RA LeidenThe Netherlands

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