Fundamentals of Conservation Biology / Edition 3 available in Hardcover
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.
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About the Author
Malcolm Hunter is the Libra Professor of ConservationBiology and Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University ofMaine, Orono. He is also the former President of the Society forConservation Biology.
James Gibbs is Associate Professor of Environmental andForest Biology at the State University of New York’s Collegeof Environmental Science and Forestry.
Table of Contents
Full Contents vii
List of Case Studies xi
PART I Biodiversity and Its Importance 3
1 Conservation and Conservation Biology 4
2 What Is Biodiversity? 22
3 Species Diversity 34
4 Ecosystem Diversity 65
5 Genetic Diversity 86
PART II Threats to Biodiversity 113
6 Mass Extinctions and Global Change 114
7 Extinction Processes 130
8 Ecosystem Degradation and Loss 150
9 Overexploitation 184
10 Invasive Exotics 205
PART III Maintaining Biodiversity 225
11 Protecting Ecosystems 226
12 Managing Ecosystems 252
13 Managing Populations 281
14 Zoos and Gardens 310
PART IV The Human Factors 329
15 Social Factors 330
16 Economics 346
17 Politics and Action 372
Literature Cited and Author Index 405
Species Index 476
Subject Index 486
What People are Saying About This
"This new edition continues to be an excellent choice for undergraduate courses in conservation biology - notable for its well-honed organization of concepts and its clear prose."
–Professor Thomas L Fleischner, Prescott College
"This is an excellent text that provides a clear, lucid, and comprehensive summary of approaches used in biological conservation. It should inspire a new generation of conservation biologists."
–Tim Coulson, Imperial College, London
"My goal is to expose the concepts of conservation biology to the broadest possible student audience. For its combination of accessible writing with rigorous, updated content, Fundamentals of Conservation Biology is matchless."
–Professor Travis Knowles, Francis Marion University
"Hunter and Gibbs have produced an excellent text, one that uses an array of concrete examples, ethical principles, and theory to challenge and engage students. Fundamentals of Conservation Biology should remain one of the standards in the field for years to come."
–Dr Christopher Norment, SUNY College at Brockport
"Hunter and Gibbs comprehensively present conservation biology with both clarity and charm. It includes excellent examples and case studies, current issues and topics, and recent references that will certainly appeal to faculty and students in the conservation sciences."
–Dr Jamie M Kneitel, California State University, Sacramento