Coastal Conservation

Coastal Conservation

by Brooke Maslo
     
 

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Coastal ecosystems are centres of high biological productivity, but their conservation is often threatened by numerous and complex environmental factors. Citing examples from the major littoral habitats worldwide, such as sandy beaches, salt marshes and mangrove swamps, this text characterises the biodiversity of coastline environments and highlights important

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Coastal ecosystems are centres of high biological productivity, but their conservation is often threatened by numerous and complex environmental factors. Citing examples from the major littoral habitats worldwide, such as sandy beaches, salt marshes and mangrove swamps, this text characterises the biodiversity of coastline environments and highlights important aspects of their maintenance and preservation, aided by the analysis of key representative species. Leaders in the field provide reviews of the foremost threats to coastal networks, including the effects of climate change, invasive species and major pollution incidents such as oil spills. Further discussion underscores the intricacies of measuring and managing coastline species in the field, taking into account the difficulties in quantifying biodiversity loss due to indirect cascading effects and trophic skew. Synthesising the current state of species richness with present and projected environmental pressures, the book ultimately establishes a research agenda for implementing and improving conservation practices moving forward.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107606746
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2014
Series:
Conservation Biology Series, #19
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Brooke Maslo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. Working in applied conservation biology, her research focuses on evidence-based strategies for the conservation of threatened and endangered species, particularly shorebirds.

Julie L. Lockwood is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University. Her research interests emphasise how species invasions and extinctions combine to shape present-day biodiversity patterns, with focus on the dynamics of small populations.

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