Essentials of Conservation Biology / Edition 5

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Combining theory and basic research, this introductory textbook outlines the connections between conservation biology and fields like environmental economics, ethics, law, and social sciences. The book emphasizes sustainable development and describes the role that the general public, conservation organizations, and governments play in protecting biological diversity. Technical language is kept to a minimum, and numerous graphics (all black and white) are included. Primack teaches at Boston University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
A unified introduction to the multidisciplinary science of conservation biology. Combines theory with applied and basic research to explain the connections between conservation biology and environmental economics, ethics, law, and the social sciences. Text is appropriate for undergraduate biology students and students of related disciplines. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878936403
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 601
  • Sales rank: 744,723
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

I Major Issues That Define the Discipline 1
Ch. 1 What Is Conservation Biology? 3
Ch. 2 What Is Biological Diversity? 27
Ch. 3 Where Is the World's Biological Diversity Found? 61
II Valuing Biodiversity 85
Ch. 4 Ecological Economics and Direct Economic Values 87
Ch. 5 Indirect Economic Values 111
Ch. 6 Ethical Values 137
III Threats to Biological Diversity 157
Ch. 7 Extinction 159
Ch. 8 Vulnerability to Extinction 189
Ch. 9 Habitat Destruction, Fragmentation, Degradation, and Global Climate Change 213
Ch. 10 Overexploitation, Invasive Species, and Disease 265
IV Conservation at the Population and Species Levels 295
Ch. 11 Problems of Small Populations 297
Ch. 12 Applied Population Biology 329
Ch. 13 Establishing New Populations 357
Ch. 14 Ex Situ Conservation Strategies 377
V Practical Applications 413
Ch. 15 Establishing Protected Areas 415
Ch. 16 Designing Networks of Protected Areas 447
Ch. 17 Managing Protected Areas 473
Ch. 18 Outside Protected Areas 499
Ch. 19 Restoration Ecology 525
VI Conservation and Human Societies 547
Ch. 20 Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Local and National Levels 549
Ch. 21 An International Approach to Conservation and Sustainable Development 587
Ch. 22 An Agenda for the Future 623
Appendix 639
Bibliography 645
Index 679
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