Relict Species

Phylogeography and Conservation Biology

  • Jan Christian Habel
  • Thorsten Assmann

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

    1. Marco Zimmermann, Mareike Vischer-Leopold, Götz Ellwanger, Axel Ssymank, Eckhard Schröder
      Pages 323-340

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-92159-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-92160-8
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