Freshwater Ecoregions of North America: A Conservation Assessment

Freshwater Ecoregions of North America: A Conservation Assessment



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559637343
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 12/28/1999
Series: World Wildlife Fund Ecoregion Assessments Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 319
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robin Abell is a senior freshwater conservation biologist at WWF. She specializes in broad-scale conservation planning to protect freshwater biodiversity.

Eric Dinerstein is Director of Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions at RESOLVE. Previously, he was Lead Scientist and Vice President for Conservation Science at the World Wildlife Fund. His areas of specialty include tropical mammals, large mammal biology, biogeography, bats, rhinos, seed dispersal, and community ecology. With the World Wildlife Fund, he led many of the organization's most important scientific projects, including the Global 200 Ecoregions, examples of which form the basis of his book Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations. Dinerstein is also the author of The Kingdom of RaritiesThe Return of the Unicorns: The Natural History and Conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros and What Elephants Know: A Novel, among other articles and publications.


He attended Northwestern University and Western Washington University, and did his post-graduate studies at the University of Washington (Organization of Tropical Studies) and the National Zoological Park's Conservation and Research Center.

Table of Contents

List of Special Essays
List of Figures
List of Tables
Chapter 1. Introduction
-Assessment Overview
-Structure of the Book
-The Challenge
Chapter 2. Approach
-Delineation of Ecoregions and Geographic Scope of the Study
-Assignment of Major Habitat Types
-Biological Distinctniveness Index (BDI)—Overview
-Conservation Status—Overview
-Integrating Biological Distinctiveness and Conservation Status
3. Biological Distinctiveness of North American Ecoregions
-Species Richness
-Rare Ecological or Evolutionary Phenomena
-Rare Habitat Type
-Synthesis of Biological Distinctiveness Data
4. Conservation Status of North American Ecoregions
-Snapshot Conservation Status
-Conservation Snapshot Criteria
-Threat Assessment
-Final Conservation Status
-Additional Conservation Status Data
5. Setting the Conservation Agenda: Integrating Biological Distinctiveness and Conservation Status
6. Recommendations
-North America's Golbal Responsibilities for Biodiversity Conservation
-Targets Requiring Urgent Action
7. Site-Specific Conservation
-Additional Site Selection Tools
-Appendix A: Methods for Assessing the Biological Distinctiveness of Freshwater Ecoregions
-Appendix B: Methods for Assessing the Conservation Status of Freshwater Ecoregions
-Appendix C:Biological Distinctiveness Data and Scores
-Appendix D: Conservation Status Assesment and Scores
-Appendix E: Statistical Analysis of Biological Distinctiveness and Conservation Status Data
-Appendix F: Integration Matrices for the Eight Major Habitat Types
-Appendix G: Ecoregion Descriptions
-Appendix H: Conservation Partner Contact Information
Literature Cited and Consulted

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