Key Topics in Conservation Biology / Edition 1

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Overview

This important new book addresses key topics in contemporary conservation biology. Written by an internationally renowned team of authors, Key Topics in Conservation Biology explores cutting-edge issues in modern biodiversity conservation, including controversial subjects such as rarity and prioritization, conflict between people and wildlife, the human aspect of conservation, the relevance of animal welfare, and the role of Non-Government Organizations. Key Topics also tackles the management of wildlife diseases, and examines the impact of bushmeat extraction and the role of hunting in the conservationists toolbox. Other essays explore basic tools of conservation biology, such as computer modelling, conservation genetics, meta-population processes, and the ingenious use of hi-tech equipment. Each topic is explored by three top international experts, assembled to bring their cross-cutting knowledge to a penetrating synthesis of the issues from both theoretical and practical perspectives.The inter-disciplinary nature of biodiversity conservation is reflected throughout the book. Each chapter examines the fundamental principles of the topic, the methodologies involved and, crucially, the human dimension. In this way, Key Topics in Conservation Biology embraces the issues from cutting-edge ecological science to policy, environmental economics, governance, ethics, and the practical issues of implementation.Key Topics in Conservation Biology will be a valuable resource in universities and colleges, government departments, and conservation agencies. It is aimed particularly at senior undergraduate and graduate students in conservation biology and wildlife management, and those taking Masters degrees in any field relevant to conservation. Conservation practitioners, policy-makers, and the wide general public eager to understand more about important environmental issues will also find this book invaluable. Addressing key topics in cont

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'This is probably one of the best recent books on this area ofwork. It deserves the widest readership and should be a 'must-buy'text for the library both institutional and personal.'
British Ecological Society

“The book is well edited…I highly recommend thiswell-written volume…it provides diverse essays that addressconservation topics in a refreshing manner…good companiontextbook.”
Quarterly Review of Biology

"[T]he result is an authoritative yet accessible work, whichshould attract a diverse readership."
Biologist

"An excellent textbook describing various aspects ofconservation science and practice … .Greatly recommended."Folia Geobotanica

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405122498
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/27/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

David Macdonald, D.Sc., is Professor of WildlifeConservation at the University of Oxford, founder and Director ofOxford's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, and a Fellow of LadyMargaret Hall, Oxford. In addition to his conservation research, heis heavily involved in the practice and policy of conservation, andalso known through his films and books on wildlife.

Katrina Service is a Lecturer in Conservation Biology atthe University of East London, where she researches carnivoreecology and behavior.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

List of Contributors.

List of Boxes.

1. The Pathology of Biodiversity Loss: the Practice ofConservation: Chris R. Dickman (University of Sydney), Stuart L.Pimm (Duke University) and Marcel Cardillo (Imperial CollegeLondon).

2. Prioritizing Choices in Conservation: Georgina M. Mace(Zoological Society of London), Hugh P. Possingham (University ofQueensland) and Nigel Leader-Williams (University of Kent).

3. What is Biodiversity Worth? Economics as a Problem and aSolution: David Pearce (deceased), Susanna Hecht (University ofCalifornia at Los Angeles) and Frank Vorhies (ConsultantSustainability Economist).

4. Impacts of Modern Molecular Genetic Techniques onConservation Biology: Eli Geffen (Tel Aviv University), GordonLuikart (University of Montana)and Robin S. Waples (NOAA).

5. The Role of Metapopulations in Conservation: H. ResitAkçakaya (Applied Biomathematics), Gus Mills (University ofPretoria) and C. Patrick Doncaster (University of Southampton).

6. Managing Biodiversity in the Light of Climate Change: CurrentBiological Effects and Future Impacts: Terry L. Root (StanfordUniversity), Diana Liverman (University of Oxford) and Chris Newman(University of Oxford).

7. Technology in Conservation: a Boon but with Small Print:Stephen A. Ellwood (University of Oxford), Rory P. Wilson(University of Wales Swansea) and Alonzo C. Addison (VirtualHeritage Network).

8. Animal Welfare and Conservation: Measuring Stress in theWild: Graeme McLaren (UK Environment Agency), Christian Bonacic(University of Oxford) and Andrew Rowan.

9. Does Modelling have a Role in Conservation?: Mark S. Boyce(University of Alberta), Steve P. Rushton (University of Newcastle)and Tim Lynam (CSIRO).

10. Conservation in the Tropics: Evolving Roles for Governments,International Donors and Non-governement Organizations: Steve Cobb(Environment and Development Group), Joshua Ginsberg (ColumbiaUniversity) and Jorgen Thomsen (Conservation International).

11. Do Parasites Matter? Infectious Diseases and theConservation of Host Populations: Philip Riordan (University ofOxford), Peter Hudson (Penn State University) and Steve Albon(Macaulay Institute).

12. The Nature of the Beast: Using Biological Processes inVertebrate Pest Management: Sandra Baker (University of Oxford),Grant Singleton and Rob Smith (University of Huddersfield).

13. Introduced Species and the Line between BiodiversityConservation and Naturalistic Eugenics: David W. Macdonald(University of Oxford), Carolyn M. King (University of Waikato) andRobert Strachan (Environment Agency Wales).

14. Bushmeat: the Challenge of Balancing Human and WildlifeNeeds in African Moist Tropical Forests: John E. Fa (DurrellWildlife Conservation Trust), Lise Albrechtsen (Food andAgriculture Organization) and David Brown (Overseas DevelopmentInstitute).

15. Does Sport Hunting Benefit Conservation?: Andrew K.Loveridge (University of Oxford), J.C. Reynolds (The GameConservancy Trust) and E.J. Milner-Gulland (Imperial CollegeLondon).

16. Can Farming and Wildlife Coexist?: Ruth E. Feber (Universityof Oxford), Elizabeth J. Asteraki (CAB International) and Les G.Firbank (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology).

17. Living with Wildlife: the Roots of Conflict and theSolutions: Claudio Sillero-Zubiri (University of Oxford), RamanSukumar (Indian Institute of Science) and Adrian Treves (MakerereUniversity).

18. Principles, Practice and Priorities: the Quest forAlignment: David W. Macdonald (University of Oxford), N. MarkCollins (Commonwealth Foundation) and Richard Wrangham (HarvardUniversity).

Index

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