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Exuberant Life: An Evolutionary Approach to Conservation in Galápagos

William H. Durham


Why is Galápagos so endlessly fascinating, whether to read about, to visit, or both? Reasons include its menagerie of truly unusual organisms (like tree daisies, marine iguanas, and flightless cormorants), its relatively low human impact (most of its endemic biodiversity is still extant), and its unrivalled role in the history of science ever since Charles Darwin. Exuberant Life offers a contemporary synthesis of what is known about the evolution of the curiously wonderful organisms of Galápagos, of how they are faring in the tumultuous world of human-induced change, and how evolution can guid ... More

Keywords: Galápagos, unique biodiversity, evolution, conservation, social-ecological systems, human impact, evolutionary fitness, climate change, sustainability, Charles Darwin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197531518
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197531518.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William H. Durham, author
Bing Professor in Human Biology, Emeritus, Stanford University