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Fynbos: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of a Megadiverse Region

Nicky Allsopp, Jonathan F. Colville, and G. Anthony Verboom


South Africa’s Greater Cape Floristic Region (GCFR) has intrigued biologists for centuries. It has achieved iconic status as a locus of megadiversity – a place to study the ecological underpinnings of massive evolutionary radiations in fynbos and associated vegetation types. Advances over the past two decades in unravelling the complexities of GCFR ecology and evolution are presented. The region has yielded significant contributions on adaptive radiations of large lineages (from an evolutionary perspective, the fynbos flora is the best studied in the world), conservation science, pollination b ... More

Keywords: Greater Cape Floristic Region, fynbos, megadiversity, ecology, evolution, conservation, palaeoanthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199679584
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679584.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicky Allsopp, editor
Fynbos Node Manager, South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON)

Jonathan F. Colville, editor
NRF Research Fellow, Kirstenbosch Research Centre, South African National Biodiversity Institute

G. Anthony Verboom, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town

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Chapter 1 Vegetation types of the Greater Cape Floristic Region

Nicola G. Bergh, G. Anthony Verboom, Mathieu Rouget, and Richard M. Cowling

Chapter 3 Drivers, ecology, and management of fire in fynbos

Tineke Kraaij and Brian W. van Wilgen

Chapter 4 Floristic and faunal Cape biochoria: do they exist?

Jonathan F. Colville, Alastair J. Potts, Peter L. Bradshaw, G. John Measey, Dee Snijman, Mike D. Picker, Şerban Procheş, Rauri C. K. Bowie, and John C. Manning

Chapter 5 Cenozoic assembly of the Greater Cape flora

G. Anthony Verboom, H. Peter Linder, Félix Forest, Vera Hoffmann, Nicola G. Bergh, and Richard M. Cowling

Chapter 6 Speciation and extinction in the Greater Cape Floristic Region

Allan G. Ellis, G. Anthony Verboom, Timotheus van der Niet, Steven D. Johnson, and H. Peter Linder

Chapter 7 The shifting landscape of genes since the Pliocene: terrestrial phylogeography in the Greater Cape Floristic Region

Krystal A. Tolley, Rauri C.K. Bowie, G. John Measey, Benjamin W. Price, and Félix Forest

Chapter 8 Stone Age people in a changing South African Greater Cape Floristic Region

Curtis W. Marean, Hayley C. Cawthra, Richard M. Cowling, Karen J. Esler, Erich Fisher, Antoni Milewski, Alastair J. Potts, Elzanne Singels, and Jan De Vynck

Chapter 9 The assembly and function of Cape plant communities in a changing world

Jasper A. Slingsby, David D. Ackerly, Andrew M. Latimer, H. Peter Linder, and Anton Pauw

Chapter 10 Biotic interactions

Bruce Anderson, Nicky Allsopp, Allan G. Ellis, Steven D. Johnson, Jeremy J. Midgley, Anton Pauw, and James G. Rodger

Chapter 11 Plant ecophysiological diversity

Michael D. Cramer, Adam G. West, Simon C. Power, Robert Skelton, and William D. Stock

Chapter 12 Biological invasions in the Cape Floristic Region: history, current patterns, impacts, and management challenges

John R. Wilson, Mirijam Gaertner, Charles L. Griffiths, Ian Kotzé, David C. Le Maitre, Sean M. Marr, Mike D. Picker, Dian Spear, Louise Stafford, David M. Richardson, Brian W. van Wilgen, and Andrew Wannenburgh

Chapter 13 Impacts of climate change in the Greater Cape Floristic Region

Res Altwegg, Adam West, Lindsey Gillson, and Guy F. Midgley

Chapter 14 Conserving the Cape Floristic Region

Mathieu Rouget, Mandy Barnett, Richard M. Cowling, Tracey Cumming, Fahiema Daniels, M. Timm Hoffman, Andrew Knight, Jeff Manuel, Jeanne Nel, Azisa Parker, Domitilla Raimondo, and Tony Rebelo

Chapter 15 People, the Cape Floristic Region, and sustainability

Nicky Allsopp, Pippin M.L. Anderson, Patricia M. Holmes, Annalie Melin, and Patrick J. O’Farrell

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