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Island Biogeography

John Jungck, Jennifer Spangenberg

From the Biological ESTEEM collection

ESTEEM Category



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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John Jungck, Jennifer Spangenberg, "Island Biogeography," Convergence (December 2005)