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Biotic Homogenization

  • Julie L. Lockwood
  • Michael L. McKinney

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Michael L. McKinney, Julie L. Lockwood
    Pages 1-17
  3. Kaustuv Roy, Jeffrey S. Kauffman
    Pages 19-32
  4. Thomas J. Webb, Melanie Kershaw, Kevin J. Gaston
    Pages 57-80
  5. Curtis C. Daehler, Debbie A. Carino
    Pages 81-102
  6. Diego P. Vázquez, Daniel Simberloff
    Pages 103-124
  7. J. L. Green, J. Harte, A. Ostling
    Pages 179-199
  8. Peter M. Bennett, Ian P. F. Owens, Jonathan E. M. Baillie
    Pages 201-222
  9. Mark V. Lomolino, Rob Channell, David R. Perault, Gregory A. Smith
    Pages 223-243
  10. Michael P. Marchetti, Theo Light, Joaquin Feliciano, Trip Armstrong, Zeb Hogan, Joshua Viers et al.
    Pages 259-278
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 279-289

About this book

Introduction

Biological homogenization is the dominant process shaping the future global biosphere. As global transportation becomes faster and more frequent, it is inevitable that biotic intermixing will increase. Unique local biotas will become extinct only to be replaced by already widespread biotas that can tolerate human activities. This process is affecting all aspects of our world: language, economies, and ecosystems alike. The ultimate outcome is the loss of uniqueness and the growth of uniformity. In this way, fast food restaurants exist in Moscow and Java Sparrows breed on Hawaii.
Biological homogenization qualifies as a global environmental catastrophe. The Earth has never witnessed such a broad and complete reorganization of species distributions.

Keywords

Ecology biosphere ecoregion ecosystem ecosystems environment fauna organization phylogeny

Editors and affiliations

  • Julie L. Lockwood
    • 1
  • Michael L. McKinney
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA
  2. 2.University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-1261-5
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5467-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1261-5
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