Protecting Life on Earth: An Introduction to the Science of Conservation / Edition 1

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Overview

Written to be accessible to any college-level reader, Protecting Life on Earth offers a non-technical, yet comprehensive introduction to the growing field of conservation science. This multifaceted exploration of our current biodiversity crisis delivers vivid examples throughout, including features on some of nature’s most compelling wildlife. Beginning with a brief introduction to environmental history, the text introduces the central concepts of evolution and ecology, and covers several major issues related to the conservation of biodiversity including extinction, climate change, sustainability, conservation law, and invasive species. It also touches on adjacent disciples such as economics and sociology as they relate to conservation. The text even includes practical advice on the decisions we make every day—how we spend our money, where we live and work, what we eat and buy. Throughout, Protecting Life on Earth underscores the ways in which our future is tied to that of Earth’s threatened species, and demonstrates exactly why conservation is so vitally important for us all.

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"This worthwhile book can be used by teachers to stimulate student interest in the value of protecting our natural world."--Nasta
Nasta - Thomas Brown
“This worthwhile book can be used by teachers to stimulate student interest in the value of protecting our natural world.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520264328
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 996,481
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Marchetti is Associate Professor of Biology at California State University at Chico. He is coauthor, with Julie Lockwood and Martha Hoopes, of
Invasion Ecology.
Peter B. Moyle, Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis, is coauthor of Comparing Futures for the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta, and author of Fish: An Enthusiast’s Guide and
Inland Fishes of California, Revised and Expanded
(all available from UC Press) among other books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Environmental History 1

2 Variation, Natural Selection, and Evolution 19

3 Species: The Basic Unit of Conservation 37

4 Climate and Global Patterns of Distribution 49

5 Ecology: Individuals and Populations 63

6 Ecology: Communities and Ecosystems 81

7 Biodiversity and Extinction 103

8 Value, Economics, and The Tragedy of the Commons 121

9 Conservation Science 135

10 Conservation and the American Legal System 149

11 Invasive Species and Conservation 163

12 Restoration Ecology 179

13 Conservation in Action 191

Bibliography 207

Index 211

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