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Island Ecology

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1 Introduction.- 2 Reaching and colonizing islands.- 2.1 Getting there.- 2.1.1 An experiment in sweep-stake dispersal.- 2.1.2 Dispersal observed.- 2.1.3 How do you get across an ocean?.- 2.1.4 Super-tramps-dispersal as a way of life.- 2.2 Establishing a beach-head.- References.- 3 How many species?.- 3.1 Species number and habitat diversity.- 3.2 The effect of area alone.- 3.3 Equilibrium theory.- 3.3.1 The effects of size and remoteness.- References.- 4 Islands as experiments in competition.- 4.1 Abundance shifts.- 4.2 Altitudinal shifts.- 4.3 Habitat shifts.- 4.4 Shifts in vertical foraging range.- 4.5 Dietary shifts.- 4.6 Assembly rules for island communities.- References.- 5 The very remote islands.- 5.1 The ancient conifers of New Caledonia.- 5.2 The Honeycreepers of Hawaii.- 5.3 Unresolved problems.- References.- 6 Some dangers of living on an island.- 6.1 The taxon cycle.- 6.2 What drives the cycle?.- References.- 7 Continental habitat islands.- 7.1 Islands of Paramo vegetation.- 7.2 Mountain mammals.- 7.3 Caves of limestone.- 7.4 Goldmines and Pikas.- References.- 8 Island ecology and nature reserves.- 8.1 How many species will a reserve support?.- 8.2 How long does it take to lose species?.- 8.3 Which species will be lost?.- 8.4 The design of reserves.- References.- Map-location of islands mentioned in text.

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