publication . Doctoral thesis . 2015

Comparative Ecophysiology and Evolutionary Biology of Island and Mainland Chaparral Communities

Ramirez, Aaron Robert;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
The unique nature of island ecosystems have fascinated generations of naturalists, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists. Studying island systems led to the development of keystone biological theories including: Darwin and Wallace's theories of natural selection, Carlquist's insights into the biology of adaptive radiations, MacArthur and Wilson's theory of island biogeography, and many others. Utilizing islands as natural laboratories allows us to discover the underlying fabric of ecology and evolutionary biology. This dissertation represents my attempt to contribute to this long and storied scientific history by thoroughly investigating two aspects of island ...
free text keywords: Ecology, Evolution & development, Botany, California Channel Islands, Cavitation Resistance, Chaparral, Correlated Evolution, Functional Traits, Herbivore Defenses
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