Fundamentals of Conservation Biology

ISBN-10: 140513545X

ISBN-13: 9781405135450

Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)

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Description: 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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Book details

List price: $82.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/23/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 516
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

List of Case Studies
Preface
Acknowledgments
Biodiversity and Its Importance
Conservation and Conservation Biology
What Is Conservation?
A Brief History of Conservation
An Overview of Conservation Ethics
What Is Conservation Biology?
A Brief History of a Young Discipline
Summary
What Is Biodiversity?
Species, Genes, and Ecosystems
Structure and Function
Measuring Biodiversity
The Mismeasure of Biodiversity
Biodiversity and Spatial Scales
Biodiversity Verbs
The Related Concepts of "Integrity" and "Sustainability"
Summary
Species Diversity
What Is a Species?
How Many Species Are There?
The Intrinsic Value of Species and Their Conservation Status
The Instrumental Values of Species
The Uniqueness Value of Species
Summary
Ecosystem Diversity
What Is an Ecosystem?
The Values of Ecosystems
Ecosystem Diversity and Species Diversity
Ecosystems and Landscapes
Summary
Genetic Diversity
What Is Genetic Diversity?
The Importance of Genetic Diversity
Processes that Diminish Genetic Diversity
Cultural Diversity
Summary
Threats to Biodiversity
Mass Extinctions and Global Change
Extinction Episodes of the Past
Estimating the Current Rate of Extinction
The Prospect of Global Climate Change
Summary
Extinction Processes
Why Are Some Species More Vulnerable to Extinction than Others?
Populations
Population Viability Analysis
Summary
Ecosystem Degradation and Loss
Contamination
Roads, Dams, and Other Structures
Earth, Fire, Water
Deforestation
Desertification
Draining, Dredging, Damming, etc.
Fragmentation
Summary
Overexploitation
The Long History of Overexploitation
Types of Exploitation
Consequences of Overexploitation
Some Final Perspectives on Exploitation
Summary
Invasive Exotics
How Do Species Move?
Impacts of Invasive Exotics
Success Rates
Irony
Summary
Maintaining Biodiversity
Protecting Ecosystems
Reserve Selection
Reserve Design
Reserve Management
Summary
Managing Ecosystems
Modified Ecosystems
Cultivated Ecosystems
Built Ecosystems
Restoring Ecosystems
Summary
Managing Populations
Providing Resources
Controlling Threats
Direct Manipulations
Epilogue
Summary
Zoos and Gardens
Changing Roles
Building Arks
The ex Situ-in Situ Interface
Conservation of Domesticated Species
Summary
The Human Factors
Social Factors
Values Differ
Describing Values
Values Change
Summary
Economics
The Benefits
The Costs
The Distribution of Benefits and Costs
Problems and Solutions
Summary
Politics and Action
Setting Priorities for Action
Rights and Responsibilities
International Agencies
Governments
Nongovernmental Organizations
Corporations
Communities
Individuals
Summary
Epilogue
Glossary
Literature Cited and Author Index
Species Index
Subject Index
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