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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 focus. As with other titles in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in the book is on the organisms that dominate this harsh environment, although conservation and experimental aspects are also considered. Deserts are defined by their arid conditions; a consequence of this aridity is that most of the area occupied by desert is barren and monotonous, leading many people to regard it as wasteland. However, deserts are widespread and represent surprisingly biodiverse environments, ... More

Keywords: arid ecosystems, evolutionary biology, desertification, conservation, biogeography, food webs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199211470
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211470.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Ward, author
School of Biological Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa