Fundamentals of Conservation Biology

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In the new edition of this highly successful book, Malcolm Hunter and new co-author James Gibbs offer a thorough introduction to the fascinating and important field of conservation biology, focusing on what can be done to maintain biodiversity through management of ecosystems and populations.


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Overview

In the new edition of this highly successful book, Malcolm Hunter and new co-author James Gibbs offer a thorough introduction to the fascinating and important field of conservation biology, focusing on what can be done to maintain biodiversity through management of ecosystems and populations.


  • Starting with a succinct look at conservation and biodiversity, this book progresses to contend with some of the subject’s most complex topics, such as mass extinctions, ecosystem degradation, and over exploitation.
  • Discusses social, political, and economic aspects of conservation biology.
  • Thoroughly revised with over six hundred new references and web links to many of the organizations involved in conservation biology, striking photographs and maps.

Artwork from the book is available to instructors online at www.blackwellpublishing.com/hunter and by request on CD-ROM.

This outstanding volume introduces and explains the concept of conservation biology, the applied science of maintaining the earth's biological diversity. Addresses the social, political, and economic issues in a manner that can be readily understood by people outside of the field who are concerned about the future of our planet and its inhabitants.

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An introductory text on conservation biology, focusing on maintaining biodiversity through management of ecosystems and populations. Incorporates discussions of social, political, and economic aspects throughout chapters on species and ecosystem diversity, mass extinctions and extinction processes, and managing ecosystems. Features case-study boxes, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865423718
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Part I Biodiversity and Its Importance
1. Conservation and Conservation Biology 5
What Is Conservation?
A Brief History of Conservation
An Overview of Conservation Ethics
What Is Conservation Biology?
A Brief History of a Young Discipline
A Model of Conservation Biology
Summary
2. What is Biodiversity? 19
Species, Genes, and Ecosystems
Structure and Function
Measuring Biodiversity
The Mismeasure of Biodiversity
Biodiversity and Spatial Scales
Biodiversity Verbs
Related Concepts
Clear Lake: Case Study
Summary
3. Species Diversity 36
What Is a Species?
How Many Species Are There?
The Intrinsic Value of Species and Their Conservation Status
The Instrumental Values of Species
The Uniqueness Value of Species
The Neem Tree: Case Study
Summary
4. Ecosystem Diversity 67
What Is an Ecosystem?
The Values of Ecosystems
Ecosystem Diversity and Species Diversity
Ecosystems and Landscapes
Mangrove Swamps: Case Study
Summary
5. Genetic Diversity 88
What Is Genetic Diversity?
The Importance of Genetic Diversity
Processes That Diminish Genetic Diversity
Cultural Diversity
The Cheetah: Case Study
Summary
Part II Threats to Biodiversity
6. Mass Extinctions and Global Change 119
Extinction Episodes of the Past
The Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinctions: Case Study
The Permian Extinctions: Case Study
Estimating the Current Rate of Extinction
The Prospect of Global Climate Change
Summary
7. Extinction Processes 138
Why Are Some Species More Vulnerable to Extinction Than Others?
Populations
Population Viability Analysis
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot: Case Study
Summary
8. Ecosystem Degradation and Loss 163
Contamination
Roads, Dams, and Other Structures
Earth, Fire, Water
Deforestation
Desertification
Draining, Dredging, Damming, Etcetera
Fragmentation
Madagascar: Case Study
Summary
9. Overexploitation 207
The Long History of Overexploitation
Types of Exploitation
Consequences of Overexploitation
Some Final Perspectives on Exploitation
The Gulf of Maine: Case Study
Summary
10. Exotic Species 230
How Do Species Move?
Impacts of Exotic Species
Success Rates
Irony
Exotics in New Zealand: Case Study
Summary
Part III Maintaining Biodiversity
11. Managing Ecosystems 255
Protected Ecosystems
Modified Ecosystems
Cultivated Ecosystems
Built Ecosystems
Restoring Ecosystems
Forests of the Pacific Northwest: Case Study
Summary
12. Managing Populations 313
Providing Resources
Controlling Threats
Direct Manipulations
The Black Robin: Case Study
Epilogue
Summary
13. Zoos and Gardens 346
Changing Roles
Building Arks
The Ex Situ-In Situ Interface
Conservation of Domesticated Species
The Arabian Oryx: Case Study
Summary
14. Setting Priorities 366
Levels of Biodiversity
Geographic Scales
Choosing Areas
Choosing Among Multiple Criteria
Choosing Species
Choosing Nations
Choosing Tasks
The Highest Priority of All
Vietnam Conservation Areas: Case Study
Summary
Part IV The Human Factors
15. Social Factors 383
Values Differ
Describing Values
Values Change
The Bahama Parrot: Case Study
Summary
16. Economics 399
The Benefits
The Costs
The Distribution of Benefits and Costs
Problems and Solutions
Butterfly Ranching: Case Study
Summary
17. Politics and Action 426
International Agencies
Governments
Nongovernmental Organizations
Corporations
Communities
Individuals
Rights and Responsibilities
Summary
Epilogue 441
Glossary 443
Literature Cited and Author Index 457
Species Index 525
Subject Index 535
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