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8 Unified Framework I: Interspecific Interactions and Species Diversity in Drylands

Gary A. Polis and Robert D. Holt

in Biodiversity in Drylands: Toward a Unified Framework

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195139853
eISBN:
9780197561720
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195139853.003.0013
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Environmental Geography

The goal of this chapter is to delineate how abiotic conditions, regional processes, and species interactions influence species diversity at local scales in drylands. There is a very rich literature ... More


2 How Can High Animal Diversity Be Supported in Low-Productivity Deserts?: The Role of Macrodetritivory and Habitat Physiognomy

Gary A. Polis and Yael Lubin

in Biodiversity in Drylands: Toward a Unified Framework

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195139853
eISBN:
9780197561720
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195139853.003.0007
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Environmental Geography

On large spatial scales, species diversity is typically correlated positively with productivity or energy supply (Wright et al. 1993, Huston 1994, Waide et al. 1999). In line with this general ... More


Toward a Unified Framework in Biodiversity Studies

James R. Gosz and Avi Perevolotsky

in Biodiversity in Drylands: Toward a Unified Framework

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195139853
eISBN:
9780197561720
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195139853.003.0026
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Environmental Geography

Biodiversity has been defined as the “full variety of life on Earth” (Takacs 1996). Because biodiversity refers to a fundamental property of ecological systems, it continues to develop as a ... More


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