Conservation Biology for All provides cutting-edge but basic conservation science to a global readership. A series of authoritative chapters have been written by the top names in conservation biology with the principal aim of disseminating cutting-edge conservation knowledge as widely as possible. Important topics such as balancing conversion and human needs, climate change, conservation planning, designing and analyzing conservation research, ecosystem services, endangered species management, extinctions, fire, habitat loss, and invasive species are covered. Numerous textboxes describing additional relevant material or case studies are also included. The global biodiversity crisis is now unstoppable; what can be saved in the developing world will require an educated constituency in both the developing and developed world. Habitat loss is particularly acute in developing countries, which is of special concern because it tends to be these locations where the greatest species diversity and richest centres of endemism are to be found. Sadly, developing world conservation scientists have found it difficult to access an authoritative textbook, which is particularly ironic since it is these countries where the potential benefits of knowledge application are greatest. There is now an urgent need to educate the next generation of scientists in developing countries, so that they are in a better position to protect their natural resources.
Fred Van Dyke’s new textbook, Conservation Biology: Foundations, Concepts, Applications, 2nd Edition, represents a major new text for anyone interested in conservation. Drawing on his vast experience, Van Dyke’s organizational clarity and readable style make this book an invaluable resource for students in conservation around the globe. Presenting key information and well-selected examples, this student-friendly volume carefully integrates the science of conservation biology with its implications for ethics, law, policy and economics.
This introductory textbook examines diminishing terrestrial andaquatic habitats in the tropics, covering a broad range of topicsincluding the fate of the coral reefs; the impact of agriculture,urbanization, and logging on habitat depletion; and the effects offire on plants and animal survival. Includes case studies and interviews with prominentconservation scientists to help situate key concepts in a realworld context Covers a broad range of topics including: the fate of the coralreefs; the impact of agriculture, urbanization, and logging onhabitat depletion; and the effects of fire on plants and animalsurvival Highlights conservation successes in the region, and emphasizesthe need to integrate social issues, such as human hunger, into atangible conservation plan Documents the current state of the field as it looks for waysto predict future outcomes and lessen human impact “Sodhi et al. have done a masterful job of compiling agreat deal of literature from around the tropical realm, and theyhave laid out the book in a fruitful and straightforwardmanner…I plan to use it as a reference and as supplementalreading for several courses and I would encourage others to do thesame.” Ecology, 90(4), 2009, pp.1144–1145
Hawaii’s forest bird community is the most insular and most endangered in the world and serves as a case study for threatened species globally. Ten have disappeared in the past thirty years, nine are critically endangered, and even common species are currently in decline. Thane K. Pratt, his coeditors, and collaborators, all leaders in their field, describe the research and conservation efforts over the past thirty years to save Hawaii’s forest birds. They also offer the most comprehensive look at the reasons for these extinctions and attempts to overcome them in the future. Among the topics covered in this book are trends in bird populations, environmental and genetic factors limiting population size, avian diseases, predators, and competing alien bird species. Color plates by award-winning local photographer Jack Jeffrey illustrate all living species discussed or described.
The main goal of this book is to encourage and formalize the infusion of evolutionary thinking into mainstream conservation biology. It reviews the evolutionary foundations of conservation issues, and unifies conceptual and empirical advances in evolutionary conservation biology. The book can be used either as a primary textbook or as a supplementary reading in an advanced undergraduate or graduate level course - likely to be called Conservation Biology or in some cases Evolutionary Ecology. The focus of chapters is on current concepts in evolution as they pertain to conservation, and the empirical study of these concepts. The balanced treatment avoids exhaustive reviews and overlapping duplication among the chapters. Little background in genetics is assumed of the reader.
• • • John Harper • • • Nature conservation has changed from an idealistic philosophy to a serious technology. Ecology, the science that underpins the technol ogy of conservation, is still too immature to provide all the wisdom that it must. It is arguable that the desire to conserve nature will in itself force the discipline of ecology to identify fundamental prob lems in its scientific goals and methods. In return, ecologists may be able to offer some insights that make conservation more practicable (Harper 1987). The idea that nature (species or communities) is worth preserv ing rests on several fundamental arguments, particularly the argu ment of nostalgia and the argument of human benefit and need. Nostalgia, of course, is a powerful emotion. With some notable ex ceptions, there is usually a feeling of dismay at a change in the sta tus quo, whether it be the loss of a place in the country for walking or rambling, the loss of a painting or architectural monument, or that one will never again have the chance to see a particular species of bird or plant.
The late Navjot Sodhi conceived this book as a way of bringingto the forefront of our conservation planning for the tropics theviews of people who were actually working and living there. In its 31 chapters, 55 authors present their views on theconservation problems they face and how they deal withthem. Effective long term conservation in the tropics requires the fullparticipation of local people, organizations and governments. Thehuman population of tropical countries is expected to grow by morethan 2.5 billion people over the next several decades, withexpectations of increased consumption levels growing even morerapidly than population levels; clearly there will be a need formore trained conservationists and biologists. Significantlevels of local involvement are essential to conservation success,with the rights of local people fully recognized, protected andfostered by governmental and international assistance. Overarching conservation plans are necessary, but cannot inthemselves lead to success. The individual experiences presented in the pages of this book willprovide useful models that may serve to build better and moresustainable lives for the people who live in the tropics and leadto the continued survival of as many species and functioningecosystems as possible.