Chapter

Documenting Ecological Change in Time and Space: The San Joaquin Valley of California

Patrick A. Kelly, Scott E. Phillips and Daniel F. Williams

in Mammalian Diversification

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780520098534
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098534.003.0002
Documenting Ecological Change in Time and Space: The San Joaquin Valley of California

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter explores the roles of natural history collections in the preservation of vertebrate diversity using data on recent ecological changes in the San Joaquin Valley of California. It highlights the need for collections-based research and the growing value of existing collections as new technologies increase the ways in which specimens can be used to understand threatened faunal assemblages. The chapter also discusses the role of James L. Patton's contribution to the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) in future efforts to protect California's vertebrate fauna.

Keywords: natural history; vertebrate diversity; ecological changes; San Joaquin Valley; California; collections-based research; James L. Patton; MVZ; faunal assemblages; vertebrate fauna

Chapter.  6343 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.