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Quaternary Ecology, Evolution, and Biogeography - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128204733, 9780128204740

Quaternary Ecology, Evolution, and Biogeography

1st Edition

Author: Valenti Rull
Paperback ISBN: 9780128204733
eBook ISBN: 9780128204740
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 5th March 2020
Page Count: 278
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Quaternary Ecology, Evolution, and Biogeography offers an introduction to the study of the ecological and evolutionary processes that have shaped our present biosphere under the influence of glacial-interglacial cycles. Written by an ecologist with paleoecological expertise, this book reviews the climactic changes that have occurred during the last 2.6 million years, along with the responses of organisms and ecosystems. It offers an understanding of the evolutionary origin of extant biodiversity, its biogeographical patterns, and the composition of modern ecological communities. In addition, it explores human evolution and the influence of our activities on the biosphere, especially in the last millennia.

This book offers the latest information on how studying the past can contribute to our understanding of present climate issues for a better future, and is an ideal resource for researchers and students in the natural sciences.

Key Features

  • Includes the latest developments in genomics and their relevance within Quaternary evolution
  • Offers a holistic view of the origin of biodiversity patterns and community assembly
  • Discusses the role of climate on human evolution and the ecological consequences for natural systems


Researchers and academics in evolutionary biology, ecology/paleoecology, and paleoclimatology; advanced undergraduate and graduate students in evolutionary biology or evolution or ecological or ecosystem studies

Table of Contents

1. Climate: Continuous variability and impact on the earth system
2. Organisms: Adaption, extinction and biogeographical reorganizations
3. Biodiversity: Diversification or impoverishment?
4. Communities: Adjustments, innovations and revolutions
5. Humans: Settlement and humanization of the planet
6. The future: Natural cycles and human interference


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About the Author

Valenti Rull

Valentí Rull is a biologist with a PhD in paleoecology (1990). He is a Tenured Scientist of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, Barcelona. He uses paleocological evidence to study the type and characteristics of biotic responses to environmental shifts, the natural and anthropogenic drivers of ecological change and the role of tectonics and environmental change on the origin of biodiversity. He also works on the contribution of paleoecology to biodiversity conservation. Dr. Rull has conducted his research on several temperate (Pyrenees, Azores Islands), tropical (Andes, Orinoco delta, Maracaibo basin, Gran Sabana, Pantepui) and subtropical (Easter Island) regions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist, Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, Barcelona, Spain


"The diverse sediment, archeological, and fossil records of the Quaternary narrate the story of how we got to today: the origin and movements of our species, the biogeographic re-shuffling of others, and the imprints of a fluctuating climate that have intersected to shape our present world and its pressing environmental challenges. These archives of the near past have grown increasingly valuable in guiding conservation decision-making as we move into an uncertain future. In this light, a book about the Quaternary is extremely timely and, ideally, would equip readers with a toolkit for generating and applying multidisciplinary datasets within a new temporal perspective. I suggest that this volume is best situated for an advanced undergraduate course in geology, where the students are familiar with navigating jargon but unfamiliar with basic biological and anthropological concepts and frameworks." --The Quarterly Review of Biology

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