Alpine fauna: origin of species composition
Müller & Briner

Since they offer isolated, island-like biotopes and a great variety of different habitats on a small scale, mountains are important for biodiversity and endemism. Students will learn that the species composition of a mountain range is not static, but has a long history and is continually changing. Species diversity and phylogeography will be discussed, with a special focus on the importance of mountains for species evolution.

Start Learning objectives Biodiverstiy & hotspots Comparision with flora Endemism & specification Importance of mountains Comparison of mountains European Alps Ethiopian Highlands Snowy Mountains of Australia Ongoing processes Human impact Review test
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29 August 2011
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