Chapter 2 Suggested Readings

Baskin, Y. 2005. Under Ground: How Creatures of Mud and Dirt Shape Our World. Island Press, Washington, D.C.
Written for the general public, this book highlights the unseen and immense richness of soil organisms and their importance to humans.

Lomolino, M. V., B. R. Riddle, and J. H. Brown. 2005. Biogeography, 3rd Edition. Sinauer Associates, Inc, Sunderland, MA.
The best textbook on biogeography. It describes both the history of the distribution of life and the current patterns of distributions of organisms and the theories to account for them.

Longhurst, A. 1998. Ecological Geography of the Sea. San Diego, Academic Press.
A comprehensive synthesis of the factors that determine marine primary productivity, how they are distributed over space, and their influences on the composition of ecological communities in the oceans.

MacArthur, R. H. and E. O. Wilson. 1967. The Theory of Island Biogeography. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
The classic book that launched the modern experimental study of causes of patterns of species richness. It lays out the basic species–area relationships and the patterns of species richness on islands.

Margulis, L. and K. V. Schwartz. 1998. Five Kingdoms. An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth, 3rd Edition. W. H. Freeman, New York.

Wilson, E. O. 1992. The Diversity of Life. Cambridge, Belknap.
A stimulating account of the history of life, mechanisms of evolution and the current threats to the preservation of the biological diversity of the Earth.

World Conservation and Monitoring Centre. 1992. Global Biodiversity: Status of the Earth’s Living Resources. Chapman & Hall, London.
A storehouse of information on biodiversity. Intended as a source-book of data and analysis rather than a book to be read cover to cover.

Magurran, A. E. 2003. Measuring Biological Diversity. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.
An excellent and comprehensive overview of how to measure biodiversity.

Loreau, M., S. Naeem, and P. Unchausti (eds.). 2002. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning: Synthesis and Perspectives. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
A recent collection of investigations into the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem processes.