Biodiversity Concepts and Measurement

Hierarchical Levels of Biodiversity 

Genetic Diversity 

  • Sources of genetic variation 
  • Measures of genetic diversity 

Species Diversity 

  • The species concept 
  • Box 3.1 Conservation in Practice: Naming and Classifying Species 
  • Measures of species diversity 

Functional Traits and Phylogenetic Diversity 

Community and Ecosystem Diversity 

  • Trophic structure 
  • Food web complexity 
  • Species composition 
  • Box 3.2 Success Story: Reintroduction of Beavers
  • Box 3.3 Conservation in Practice: Quantifying Biodiversity at Multiple Spatial Scales 

The Multiple Scales of Biodiversity 

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