1.Identify and describe the four mechanisms proposed to explain why species diversity tends to increase proportional to area?
2. What do you see as the primary variables governing biodiversity gradients? What are the secondary? Support your choices with data from your readings. Support your response with references.
3. Discuss the unique ecological, evolutionary, and geologic factors contributing to the high endemism in your chosen hotspot. What environmental, social, or political factors complicate conservation efforts in the hotspot?