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

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"Protecting Life on Earth is an excellent introduction to conservation biology: concise yet comprehensive, and full of interesting real-life examples of conservation problems and solutions. This could be the basis for an introductory course, or just interesting reading for someone wanting to learn what this field is about."—Dr. Daniel Simberloff, University of Tennessee

"An excellent introduction to the science and policy of conservation biology for anyone interested in becoming better informed about today's pressing environmental challenges; nicely complemented by discussions of environmental economics and law, and including real-world conservation problems and the ways in which they are being addressed."—Wayne P. Sousa, University of California, Berkeley

"I have never seen a more comprehensive and succinct presentation of conservation biology—the most important topic of our time. It bridges the gap between science and people with easy to read, non-technical prose. Conservation is everybody's business, and Protecting life on Earth is a must read for everyone who cares about the future of the planet."—Mike Dombeck, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point University, System Fellow of Global Conservation, former Chief, U.S. Forest Service

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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
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“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: 535,648
  • 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


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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