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Antarctic Ecosystems

An Extreme Environment in a Changing World

Wiley, J,
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Since its discovery Antarctica has held a deep fascination forbiologists. Extreme environmental conditions, seasonality andisolation have lead to some of the most striking examples ofnatural selection and adaptation on Earth. Paradoxically, some ofthese adaptations may pose constraints on the ability of theAntarctic biota to respond to climate change. Parts of Antarcticaare showing some of the largest changes in temperature and otherenvironmental conditions in the world. In this volume, published inassociation with the Royal Society, leading polar scientistspresent a synthesis of the latest research on the biologicalsystems in Antarctica, covering organisms from microbes tovertebrate higher predators. This book comes at a time when newtechnologies and approaches allow the implications of climatechange and other direct human impacts on Antarctica to be viewed ata range of scales; across entire regions, whole ecosystems and downto the level of species and variation within their genomes.Chapters address both Antarctic terrestrial and marine ecosystems,and the scientific and management challenges of the future areexplored.

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Titel: Antarctic Ecosystems
Autoren/Herausgeber: Alex D. Rogers, Nadine M. Johnston, Eugene J. Murphy, Andrew Clarke (Hrsg.)
Ausgabe: 1. Auflage

ISBN/EAN: 9781444347227

Seitenzahl: 756
Produktform: E-Book
Sprache: Englisch

Alex Rogers is a marine biologist working on the ecology andconservation of marine ecosystem. Most of his research has focusedon Antarctic and deep-sea habitats, including seamounts,hydrothermal vents and cold-water corals. He uses molecular toolsto help investigate the diversity and evolution of species andconnectivity of populations of marine organisms. He has also workedextensively on human impacts on the oceans and the development ofpolicies for improved management of the oceans.
Nadine Johnston is a marine ecologist. Her research isfocused on the interaction of Scotia Sea species and their links tothe circumpolar ocean (from a food web perspective) to understandthe importance of spatial and temporal variability in the operationof this ecosystem.
Eugene Murphy has spent over 25 years working on polarmarine ecosystems, as a marine ecologist and ecologicalmodeller. His major interests are in the structure andfunction of oceanic ecosystems, and how biological and physicalinteractions at different scales affect the dynamics of marinepopulations, the overall structure of marine ecosystems amd theirresponse to change.
Andrew Clarke has spent the over 40 years working inpolar regions, principally as a marine ecologist. His majorinterests are the elationship between temperature and thephysiology and ecology of organisms, and how changes in climateover geological time have influenced the distribution and diversityof organisms.

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