13 December 2010

New Book on Biodiversity in the Maritimes Launched at New Brunswick Museum


A new publication on biodiversity in the Maritime provinces and parts of adjacent Quebec sets the benchmark for the study of species diversity in the region. The book, entitled Assessment of Species Diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone, was edited by the New Brunswick Museum’s Dr. Donald F. McAlpine, with Dr. Ian Smith of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and includes 31 chapters from 51 authors. It is a collaborative effort of the New Brunswick Museum Centre for Biodiversity Research, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada, and Canadian Science Publishing (operating as NRC Research Press).

“In this International Year of Biodiversity, NRC Research Press is proud to make this contribution available. The focus of this work is on a critical and important ecozone that includes the Maritimes and parts of Quebec. This monograph, edited by Donald McAlpine and Ian Smith, is the first comprehensive introduction to species diversity in this area,” said Bruce Dancik, Editor-in-Chief, NRC Research Press.

Of importance to anyone with an interest in conserving living resources, this book illustrates the need for ongoing study and increased awareness of the diverse species that share our environment.  Dr. Francis Cook, Editor of the Canadian Field-Naturalist, Canada’s foremost scientific natural history journal, has pronounced the volume “an extremely important contribution, the right book for the times.” Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, prominent US conservation biologist, founder of the PBS television series “Nature” and chair of the recent Council of Canadian Academies panel on biodiversity science in Canada, has called the book "a magnificent piece of work".

The publication’s co-editor, and Head of Natural Sciences at the New Brunswick Museum, Donald McAlpine, said, “Our goal with this compilation was to set a benchmark for biodiversity studies within the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone, to identify factors that influence change in species presence and distribution, particularly the significant impact of human activity and especially, to encourage conservation of the living resources of the region.”

Although one of the smaller ecozones in Canada, the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone is surprisingly diverse in geology, climate, and vegetation. More than 50 experts in species diversity and biogeography, including 8 from the New Brunswick Museum, contributed to this 785 page illustrated volume. This publication provides the first comprehensive introduction to species diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone, which comprises New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and parts of Quebec. Regional fungi, flora and fauna, from aquatic fungi through  green plants to mammals, are explored, as are  the region’s post-glacial history, aquatic habitats, and protected areas.

“The New Brunswick Museum is very pleased to contribute to furthering our understanding of the biodiversity of the region through the work of Museum staff ,Research Associates and others”, commented Jane Fullerton, New Brunswick Museum CEO. “This publication also emphasizes the significance of the research and collections activities undertaken at the Museum.”

The book is available at the New Brunswick Museum Giftshop and at http://nrcresearchpress.com/eng/books/books/9780660198354.html

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