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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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