Island Biogeography

Author(s): 
John Jungck, Jennifer Spangenberg

From the Biological ESTEEM collection

ESTEEM Category

Ecology

Description

This Excel workbook demonstrates the principles of the MacArthur-Wilson theory of Island Biogeography. It allows the user to define the mainland species pool, area of the island, and distance of the island from the mainland. Graphical output included species richness equilibrium at varying island size and distance. The workbook also allows the user to calculate a species-area function for data entered into the data input page. Several datasets on island area and species richness are included for various types of islands and species. Variables and formulas are defined in the accompanying tutorial. Note that this file requires that "macros" are enabled in Microsoft Excel.

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Island Biogeography

Author(s): 
John Jungck, Jennifer Spangenberg

From the Biological ESTEEM collection

ESTEEM Category

Ecology

Description

This Excel workbook demonstrates the principles of the MacArthur-Wilson theory of Island Biogeography. It allows the user to define the mainland species pool, area of the island, and distance of the island from the mainland. Graphical output included species richness equilibrium at varying island size and distance. The workbook also allows the user to calculate a species-area function for data entered into the data input page. Several datasets on island area and species richness are included for various types of islands and species. Variables and formulas are defined in the accompanying tutorial. Note that this file requires that "macros" are enabled in Microsoft Excel.

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Island Biogeography - References

Author(s): 
John Jungck, Jennifer Spangenberg

Primary Reference

 MacArthur R H, Wilson E O (1967) The Theory of Island Biogeography. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Popular Text Citations

Donovan, T M.; Welden, C W. (2002) Spreadsheet Exercises in Ecology and Evolution. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Inc.

Gotelli, N J. (2001) A Primer of Ecology. 3rd Edition. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Inc.

Current Research Articles

Holl K D, Crone E E, 2004 Applicability of landscape and island biogeography theory to restoration of riparian understorey plants. Journal of Applied Ecology 41: 922-933.

Hovestadt T, Joachim P H, Eduard L K, 2005 Spatial patterns in species-area relationships and species distribution in a West African forest-savanna mosaic. Journal of Biogeography 32: 677-684.

Russell J C, Clout M N, McArdle B H, 2004 Island biogeography and the species richness of introduced mammals on New Zealand offshore islands. Journal of Biogeography 31: 653-664.

Education Research & Pedagogical Materials

Donovan, T M.; Welden, C W. (2002) Spreadsheet Exercises in Ecology and Evolution. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Inc.

Data Sources

Island Biogeography Datasets by The International Biogeography Society

Tutorial & Background materials

Biodiversity and Conservation: A Hypertext Book by Peter Bryant

Biogeography – Island Biogeography by Nearctica.com

Island Biogeography by Mike Palmer