Biodiversity in southern Africa


With the three-volume book Biodiversity in southern Africa, the long-term research project BIOTA Southern Africa presents the results from nearly one decade of biodiversity research in southern Africa. Almost 200 researchers from Germany, Namibia, South Africa, and a few other countries contributed to the more than 1,400 richly illustrated pages. They describe their findings on ecology and biodiversity in the biomes of southern Africa under the influence of landuse and climate change.

List of contents:   List of contents 

Volumes: Reviews:
  •   Book Review in 'Austral Ecology' (Vol.2 and Vol.3 were reviewed)
    Source: Austral Ecology (2012) 37, e35–e36, doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2012.02431.x
    Reviewer: Paul Adam, School of Biological Earth and Environmental Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New SouthWales, Australia

  •   Book Review in 'Austral Ecology' (Vol.1 was reviewed)
    Source: Austral Ecology (2012) 37, e33–e34 doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2012.02430.x
    Reviewer: Julian R.W. Reid, The Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

  •   A new benchmark in biodiversity monitoring
    Source: Scholes, R.J., 2012, ‘A new benchmark in biodiversity monitoring’, Koedoe 54(1), Art. #1109, 2 pages. https:// v54i1.1109
    Reviewer: Robert J. Scholes, CSIR Natural Resources and Environment, Pretoria, South Africa

  •   Landscape Ecology
    Source: Landscape Ecology DOI 10.1007/s10980-011-9678-z
    Reviewer: Milan Chytry, Department of Botany and Zoology, Masaryk University, Kotlářská 2, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic

  •   South African Journal of Science
    Source: Vetter S. From aardvark to z-values: A decade of biodiversity monitoring inAfrica's arid and semi-arid southwest. S Afr J Sci. 2011;107(3/4), Art. #646, 1 page. DOI: 10.4102/sajs. v107i3/4.646
    Reviewer: Susanne Vetter, Botany Department, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

  •   Bulletin of the British Ecological Society
    Source: Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 42(1): p. 73; 2011
    Reviewer: Janet Sprent, Emeritus Professor of Plant Biology, University of Dundee

The BIOTA book Biodiversity in southern Africa was launched at the Arid Zone Ecology Forum (AZEF) conference in Gariep Dam (Free State Province, South Africa), on the evening of the 7th of October 2010 by two of the book editors, Ute Schmiedel (University of Hamburg) and Timm Hoffman (University of Cape Town). Further public launch events in Namibia and Germany are planned for beginning of 2011.