Case, Cody, and Ezcurra are very highly respected ecologists and field biologists. The first edition of this book, nearly 20 years ago, sold about 5000 copies, and has been out of print for some years. Long-term studies have continued, giving a much richer understanding of the underlying processes of population dynamics and succession, and the impact of El Nid~no and other climactic events on these ecosystems. Island biogeography remains the classic laboratory for speciation and adaptive evolution. There is growing ecotourism in the area, and the book should be of strong interest to conservation biologists as well as to ecologists and evolutionary biologists more generally.

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