The Law of the Wild: An Ecologist's Life

The Law of the Wild: An Ecologist's Life

by Ian R. Swingland


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In The Law of the Wild, Ian Swingland offers a unique window into his life as a world-renowned conservation biologist. Captivating the reader with his adventures, exploits and near-death experiences, as well as sharing insights gained from advising powerful individuals in government and commerce, this is a book for those who are passionate about wildlife, biodiversity and its conservation. It is also a cracking good read as he shares stories from his close relationships with key figures in academia, business, charities and the bush.

From modest beginnings to worldwide authority, Ian has been at the centre of conservation for half a century - working with exotic (and humble) plants and animals, such as giant tortoises and komodo dragons - and setting up world-class institutions training future conservationists.

The book describes how our relationship with wildlife affects our behaviour and vice versa. This book is an inspiration to conquer the many threats to life on Earth and to take better care of the natural world.

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ISBN-13: 9781838185503
Publisher: Ian R. Swingland
Publication date: 08/25/2020
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Professor Ian Swingland was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School, London, Edinburgh and Oxford Universities, and worked as a mathematician for Shell, as a biologist at Oxford, Edinburgh and with the Royal Society, and holds the Emeritus Chair in Conservation Biology at the University of Kent, where he founded The Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE), in addition to Visiting Chairs at the Universities of Michigan, Florence, Auckland, and Manchester Metropolitan. At London University he read zoology and social anthropology and published his first scientific paper in Nature in 1969 while an undergraduate. After working as a mathematician for Shell Research International for a short time he took a Ph.D. in ecology in the Forestry and Natural Resources Department at Edinburgh University on an FCO/ODA Scholarship. He was then employed as a research and management biologist in the Kafue National Park, Zambia helping to write the management plan. In 1974 he joined Oxford University Zoology Department and the Royal Society to work on the giant tortoises of Aldabra Atoll, Western Indian Ocean. Ian Swingland has worked on climate change for over a decade and with China and ADB since 2002 on China-GEF Country Planning Framework - Land Degradation in Dryland Ecosystems, He published a best-selling book 'Capturing Carbon and Conserving biodiversity; a market approach' and advised the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, the Asian Development Bank, and Governments on conservation and biodiversity management setting up some of the largest projects in the world. A leading authority on commercialising the sustainable use of biodiversity assets, he was appointed Board Chairman of Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development in Guyana by the President, the Commonwealth and HRH The Prince of Wales.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1: The Nest - A Shunting Yard 1946-1953

CHAPTER 2: Haberdashers' Prep School 1953-1957

CHAPTER 3: Haberdashers' the Main School 1957-1965

CHAPTER 4: The Mile End 1966-1969

CHAPTER 5: Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Edinburgh 1969-1973

CHAPTER 6: Zambia 1973-1974

CHAPTER 7: Oxford and Aldabra Atoll 1974-1977

CHAPTER 8: Giant tortoise ecology and behaviour

CHAPTER 9: Back in Oxford 1977-1979

CHAPTER 10: Building magic castles at the University of Kent and worldwide 1979-1989

CHAPTER 11: DICE 1989-1999

CHAPTER 12: Business, politics and money 1999-2009

CHAPTER 13: Research in Action 1989-2012

CHAPTER 14: International Consultant

CHAPTER 15: Pioneers pay a Price 2010-2017

CHAPTER 16: The End

APPENDIX: Where did the Swinglands come from?


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