The Bibliography

This page provides access to the current, updated version of the bibliography of the Soqotra Archipelago. This was originally compiled by the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh (RGBE) Soqotra Team, and was based largely on material collected by Dr. Michael Gwynne, who kindly made his work available to the team [cf. numbers in brackets at the end of a reference]. There are nearly 1500 references in the bibliography and it will continue to expand as new references are submitted.

The updated bibliography provides references to scientific research, as well as to other publications on Soqotra, and historical references to earlier travelers’ accounts. In additon, a website was created to allow the download of "grey" literature dealing with Soqotra which either was not previously available on the internet or was difficult to access. PDFs of scientific literature from this website can only be downloaded if they are "open-access" or authorised.

Latest additions were by 2 February 2015

Porter, R.F. and A.S. Suleiman. 2014. The populations and distribution of the breeding birds of the Socotra archipelago, Yemen:
2. Shearwaters to Terns. Sandgrouse 36: 8–33.

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