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Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing: An Ecological and Economic Perspective

Shahid Naeem, Daniel E. Bunker, Andy Hector, Michel Loreau, and Charles Perrings


How will biodiversity loss affect ecosystem functioning, ecosystem services, and human wellbeing? In an age of accelerating biodiversity loss, this volume summarizes recent advances in biodiversity‐ecosystem functioning research and explores the economics of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The first section summarizes the development of the basic science and provides a meta-analysis that quantitatively tests several biodiversity and ecosystem functioning hypotheses. The second section describes the natural science foundations of biodiversity‐ecosystem functioning research, including: qua ... More

Keywords: biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, ecosystem services, sustainable development, diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199547951
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shahid Naeem, editor
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, USA

Daniel E. Bunker, editor
Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Andy Hector, editor
Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich




Part 1 Introduction, background, and meta-analyses

Part 2 Natural science foundations

Part 3 Ecosystem services and human wellbeing

Part 4 Summary and synthesis