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The Biology of Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems

Karen J. Esler, Anna L. Jacobsen, and R. Brandon Pratt

Abstract

The world’s mediterranean-type climate regions (including areas within the Mediterranean, South Africa, Australia, California, and Chile) have long been of interest to biologists by virtue of their extraordinary biodiversity and the appearance of evolutionary convergence between these disparate regions. Comparisons between mediterranean-type climate regions have provided important insights into questions at the cutting edge of ecological, ecophysiological and evolutionary research. These regions, dominated by evergreen shrubland communities, contain many rare and endemic species. Their mild cl ... More

Keywords: Climate change, conservation, convergence, diversity, ecology, ecophysiology, evolution, mediterranean, shrubland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739135
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198739135.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen J. Esler, author
Professor and Head of Department, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Anna L. Jacobsen, author
Associate Professor and Graduate Director, California State University, USA

R. Brandon Pratt, author
Professor, California State University, USA