biogeography

[bahy-oh-jee-og-ruh-fee]
noun Ecology.
the study of the geographical distribution of living things.

Origin:
1890–95; bio- + geography

biogeographer, noun
biogeographic [bahy-oh-jee-uh-graf-ik] , biogeographical, adjective
biogeographically, adverb
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biogeography (ˌbaɪəʊdʒɪˈɒɡrəfɪ)
 
n
the branch of biology concerned with the geographical distribution of plants and animals
 
biogeographical
 
adj
 
biogeo'graphically
 
adv

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biogeography
1895, from bio- + geography.
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biogeography   (bī'ō-jē-ŏg'rə-fē)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study of the geographic distribution of plant and animal life. Factors affecting distribution include the geologic history of a region, its climate and soil composition, and the presence or absence of natural barriers like deserts, oceans, and mountains. Biotic factors such as interactions among competing species, coevolutionary influences, and the reproductive and nutritional requirements of populations and species are also studied. ◇ A biogeographic region is a large, generally continuous division of the Earth's surface having a distinctive biotic community. Biogeographic regions are usually defined separately for floral and faunal communities and are largely restricted to the terrestrial areas of the Earth.
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biogeography

study of the geographic distribution of plants and animals. It is concerned not only with habitation patterns but also with the factors responsible for variations in distribution

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The journeys of animals and plants are the subject of one of science's lesser known branches, historical biogeography.
Adaptation to changing environments is of course the foundation of biogeography.
The biogeography of microbes is a hotly debated topic.
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