Conservation Biology: Foundations, Concepts, Applications / Edition 2

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"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. In addition to rigorous examination of the scientific theory supporting conservation biology and its applications, this unique book includes a number of features which set it apart from others. These include its chapters on aquatic conservation, landscape ecology, and ecosystem management, and its direct explanation and invitation to students on how to enter the work of conservation as a professional and personal vocation." Aimed primarily at undergraduates studying courses in conservation and conservation biology, this book will also be useful to practicing conservationists and natural resource managers.
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"This book … give a unified approach to an interdisciplinary subject, discussing the historical, ethical, economical, and ecological basis of conservation biology. … The overall mission of the textbook to provide undergraduates with a stimulating and accessible text is executed with great success. … it finds a wide readership and is present in libraries of colleges and research institutes." (Mark Young, British Ecological Society, Vol. 39 (4), 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402068904
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 5/3/2008
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 478
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Van Dyke is a professor of biology at Wheaton College (Illinois). He has previously served on the faculties of Northwestern College (Iowa) and the Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies, as a wildlife biologist for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, as a scientific and professional consultant to the U. S. National Park Service, the U. S. Forest Service, the Pew Charitable Trust, and to various private environmental and conservation consultants. He is the author of numerous publications on animal home range and habitat use, management and conservation of animal populations, management of successional processes to conserve habitat, and conservation values and ethics.

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Table of Contents

1 The History and Distinctions of Conservation Biology 1

2 Values and Ethics in Conservation 29

3 The Legal Foundations of Conservation Biology 57

4 Biodiversity: Concept, Measurement, and Challenge 83

5 Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change 121

6 Genetic Diversity - Understanding Conservation at Genetic Levels 153

7 Genetic Management - Managing Genetic Diversity for Conservation Goals 185

8 The Conservation of Populations: Concepts, Theory, and Analysis 213

9 Population Management and Restoration 243

10 The Conservation of Habitat and Landscape 279

11 The Conservation of Aquatic Systems 313

12 Ecosystem Management 349

13 Conservation Economics 383

14 On Becoming a Conservation Biologist: The Things Textbooks Never Tell You 415

Glossary 443

Index 459

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