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New book about bird species

In a new book researchers describe and explain different aspects of the concept of bird species. How do new species arise and why do species vanish? Caroline Isaksson, senior lecturer at the Department of Biology in Lund, has contributed with a chapter about what life is like being a bird in the city versus the countryside.
Cover of the book Bird Species.

Why do some species adjust to city life while others don’t? How come that sometimes there are huge differences between individuals within the same species? Some of them seem to never want to leave the city pulse, while others seem genuinely uninterested and most of all want to live a life far from the noise and the bright lights.

Caroline Isaksson describes the book as popular science written in an easy-to-understand English. The title ”Bird Species – How They Arise, Modify and Vanish” says what it is about.

Caroline Isaksson.
Caroline Isaksson.

”It is about birds and how species arise and vanish in an ever changing world. I think students as well as others will find it interesting. I hope everyone who is interested in birds will find it useful,” she says.

The book describes very different aspects of bird life: everything from genomics and physiology to bird song, migration and the consequences of climate change. All tied together by the concept of species. By the way, is it really obvious what is a species? No problem, the authors discuss the concept.

”There is a lot of bird research from Lund in the book. We have a long tradition of world class science and leading researchers, many of them are quoted here,” says Caroline Isaksson.

The book is published by Springer International Publishing. Dieter Thomas Tietze has been the editor.

Jan Olsson

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