Terrestrial Biodiversity of the Austral Islands, French Polynesia (Paperback)

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By Jean-Yves Meyer (Editor), Elin M. Claridge (Editor)
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As part of a larger research program aiming to inventory and evaluate the terrestrial biodiversity of French Polynesia, a series of multidisciplinary scientific expeditions were conducted in 2002, 2003, and 2004 to the five inhabited Austral Islands—Raivavae, Rapa, Rimatara, Rurutu, and Tubuai—at the southernmost tip of this French collectivity. This book contains the findings of those expeditions.

The primary goals of these studies were to: identify and characterize the Austral Islands’ terrestrial and freshwater native habitats, in order to assess their conservation status; to localize the natural areas of high ecological value; to conduct exhaustive inventories of native and alien vascular plant species and animals (mainly birds, mollusks, insects, and other arthropods); to estimate the distribution and abundance of threatened species and assess their conservation status; to identify past and current threats to species and their habitats; to study the dynamics and evolution of the terrestrial biota compared with historic data; and to propose recommendations for biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. Taken as a whole, the obtained results have greatly improved our knowledge of the ecology, biogeography, and evolutionary and conservation biology of the Austral Islands terrestrial biota.

About the Author

Jean-Yves Meyer is a plant ecologist and conservation biologist. He has been working on the terrestrial biodiversity of French Polynesia for the past twenty years as a senior research scientist at the Délégation à la Recherche de la Polynésie française (French Polynesian Department of Research) based in Tahiti. He was responsible for organizing the multidisciplinary expeditions to the Austral Islands (2002-4).

Elin M. Claridge is an entomologist by training. She completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006 and participated in the Austral Islands expeditions (2002-4) as well as organized entomological surveys in other archipelagoes of French Polynesia (Society, Marquesas, Tuamotu, 2005-7). She is now living in Rurutu.
Product Details
ISBN: 9782856537619
ISBN-10: 2856537618
Publisher: French National Museum Natural History
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Pages: 224
Language: English