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Title: Biological diversity in a changing world
Author: Magurran, Anne E.
Dornelas, Maria
Keywords: Biodiversity
Species richness
Issue Date: 27-Nov-2010
Publisher: The Royal Society
Abstract: From the pioneering explorations of Joseph Banks (later a President of the Royal Society), to the present day, a great deal has been learnt about the extent, distribution and stability of biological diversity in the world. We now know that diverse life can be found even in the most inhospitable places. We have also learned that biological diversity changes through time over both large and small temporal scales. These natural changes track environmental conditions, and reflect ecological and evolutionary processes. However, anthropogenic activities, including overexploitation, habitat loss and climate change, are currently causing profound transformations in ecosystems and unprecedented loss of biological diversity. This series of papers considers temporal variation in biological diversity, examines the extent of human-related change relative to underlying natural change and builds on these insights to develop tools and policies to help guide us towards a sustainable future.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0296
ISSN: 0962-8436
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