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The Biology of Deserts

David Ward


This book offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to desert ecology and adopts a strong evolutionary and applied focus. Deserts are defined by their arid conditions. Deserts are widespread and represent surprisingly diverse environments, although it is their relative simplicity that makes them more tractable for study than more mesic environments. In these resource-poor environments, natural selection is working at its most extreme and provides some of the best-known examples of natural selection. This book covers a wide range of ecological and evolutionary issues including morphologic ... More

Keywords: deserts, abiotic factors, climate, rainfall, plant ecophysiology, animal physiology, biogeography, food webs, desertification, conservation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732754
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Ward, author
Art & Margaret Herrick Endowed Professor of Plant Biology, Biological Sciences, Kent State University