Author(s): BOUCHER, LE GUYADER, PASCAL
Santo, the largest island in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, is an extraordinary geographical and cultural microcosm, combining reefs, caves, mountains, and satellite isles--with human history that dates back 3,000 years. Collecting contributions from more than one hundred authors, "The Natural History of Santo" is the result of a 2006 Santo expedition, which brought together scientists, volunteers, and students from twenty-five countries. This lavishly illustrated book pays homage to the biodiversity of this "planet-island" and bridges the gaps between scientific knowledge, conservation, and education.
Philippe Bouchet is professor at the French National Museum of Natural History in Paris. Herve Le Guyader is professor of evolutionary biology at the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie and director of the Laboratory for Systematics, Adaptation, and Evolution in Paris. Olivier Pascal is head of biodiversity for Pro-Natura International.