Relict Species

Phylogeography and Conservation Biology

  • Jan Christian Habel
  • Thorsten Assmann
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
    1. Jan C. Habel, Thorsten Assmann, Thomas Schmitt, John C. Avise
      Pages 1-5
  2. Climate and Ecosystems

  3. Nanotechnology for energy devices

  4. Ancient Relicts

  5. Glacial Relicts

    1. Jan C. Habel, Claudia Drees, Thomas Schmitt, Thorsten Assmann
      Pages 189-197
    2. Claudia Drees, Andrea Matern, Goddert von Oheimb, Thomas Reimann, Thorsten Assmann
      Pages 199-215
    3. Allan D. McDevitt, Glenn Yannic, Ramugondo V. Rambau, Thomas J. Hayden, Jeremy B. Searle
      Pages 217-236
  6. Relicts Since Postglacial Times

  7. Conservation of Relict Species

  8. The Future of Relict Species

    1. Dennis Rödder, Johannes Dambach
      Pages 373-383
    2. Jan C. Habel, Bettina Augenstein, Marc Meyer, Gabriel Nève, Dennis Rödder, Thorsten Assmann
      Pages 417-439
    3. Jan C. Habel, Thomas Schmitt, Thorsten Assmann
      Pages 441-442
    4. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
      Pages 450-450
    5. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
      Pages 451-451
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 443-449

About these proceedings


This book provides an overview of the importance of research on relict species and presents conclusions and findings on the conservation of these species. There are relict species and populations from nearly all plant and animal groups and they contribute substantially to biodiversity across the globe. Current diversity patterns are influenced by both historic and recent ecological conditions. Relict species are of particular importance, as they usually suffer more severely from human activities than do non-relict populations; the situation is also potentially critical, as many relict species and populations have the potential to colonize large areas when the climate changes.

The more than 27 contributions in this book highlight the history and status of today’s relict species and populations and apply molecular genetics, morphometry, modelling and conservation biology to describe the past and present situations and to predict future trends of relict species’ distribution.


Biodiversity Conservation biology Phylogeografie Populationsgenetik Reliktarten biologische Vielfalt, Schutz global change phylogeography population genetics relict species

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Christian Habel
    • 1
  • Thorsten Assmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Musée National d´Histoire Naturelle LuxembourgLuxembourg
  2. 2.Institute of Ecology and Environmental ChemistryLeuphana University LüneburgLüneburgGermany

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