Tropical Conservation Biology

ISBN-10: 1405150734

ISBN-13: 9781405150736

Edition: 2007

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Description: Nowhere in the world is biodiversity conservation and management more critical than in the highly biodiverse tropical regions. Although the temperate regions of the Earth have suffered severely from human encroachments in the ancient and recent past, the present-day (and future) biodiversity crisis looms largest in the tropics. This is especially important because it is in the tropics that the largest tracts of still-pristine habitat, the greatest species diversity, and the richest centres of endemism are found. The mounting threats to tropical biodiversity require conservation practitioners to make urgent conservation decisions. As such, it is critical to document the current state of tropical biodiversity, determine possible ways to protect it, and synthesize the vast body of scientific research relevant to tropical regions in a concise, yet comprehensive format.Tropical Conservation Biology is the first teaching textbook to examine the broad spectrum of conservation issues as they relate specifically to terrestrial and aquatic habitats of the tropics. The book has been written for senior undergraduate and graduate students, scientists, and managers with an interest in tropical habitat conservation and management.The book also includes short biographies of some of the world 's most eminent conservation scientists followed by a brief set of questions and answers that focus on some of the most pertinent and pressing issues in tropical conservation biology today. It is hoped that current students will benefit from the knowledge and be inspired by the passion of these renowned biologists.

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List price: $93.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Navjot S. Sodhi is Professor at the National University of Singapore. An associate/subject editor of Conservation Biology, the Auk, and Biotropica, Navjot received his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. A recipient of National Geographic Society grants, he has also spent time as a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University, where he holds an adjunct associate position.Barry W. Brook is Professor and Director of the Research Institute for Climate Change and Sustainability at the University of Adelaide, Australia. His research interests include climate change, global ecology and extinction dynamics. Barry serves on the editorial boards of Ecological Research and Raffles Bulletin of Zoology and is a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts and F1000 Biology. In 2006 he was awarded the Fenner Medal by the Australian Academy of Sciences.Corey J. A. Bradshaw is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University, Australia. He earned a doctoral degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand and has extensively researched marine and terrestrial vertebrate populations, with an emphasis on extinction modelling and ecological theory. Corey is an Associate Editor for Journal of Animal Ecology.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Diminishing Habitats in Regions of High Biodiversity
Loss of native habitats
Drivers of habitat loss
Biodiversity hotspots
Summary
Further reading
Invaluable Losses
Environmental filters
Precipitation and temperature regulation
Water purification
Protecting catchments and soils
Forests and floods
Nitrogen flux
Eutrophication
Nature's pharmacy and goods
Human health and nature
Ecosystem services from nature
The direct economic value of nature
The role of nature in human culture
Loss of knowledge
Summary
Further reading
Broken Homes: Tropical Biotas in Fragmented Landscapes
Theoretical premises of fragmentation
Abiotic and geometric components of fragmentation
Biotic effects of fragmentation
Long-term fate of fragments
Edge effects
Vulnerability to fragmentation
Importance of matrix
Increasing fragment connectivity
Summary
Further reading
Burning Down the House
Forest fires
Burning savannas
Tropical fires in the global context
Fire modelling and mitigation
Summary
Further reading
Alien Invaders
What are invasive species?
Invasive species in tropical realms
Managing and controlling invasive species
Summary
Further reading
Human Uses and Abuses of Tropical Biodiversity
Bush meat crisis
Captivity trade
Medicinal and other uses
Commercial exploitation
Nuisance control
Summary
Further reading
Threats in Three Dimensions: Tropical Aquatic Conservation
Tropical fisheries exploitation
Coral reefs in peril
Marine reserves
Megafauna
Tropical freshwater ecosystems - water for life
Where marine and freshwater habitats merge: coasts and estuaries
Summary
Further reading
Climate Change: Feeling the Tropical Heat
Overwhelming evidence for human-mediated climate change
Past evidence for climate change effects on tropical biodiversity
Effects of recent and projected anthropogenic climate change on tropical biotas
Fighting climate change
Summary
Further reading
Lost Without a Trace: the Tropical Extinction Crisis
Defining 'extinction'
Historic extinctions
Extinction rates
Case studies of tropical extinctions
Extinction lags
Extinction drivers
Extinction proneness
Extinction and the perturbation of ecological processes
Biotic resilience
The future of tropical biodiversity
Summary
Further reading
Lights at the End of the Tunnel: Conservation Options and Challenges
Protected areas are critical for tropical conservation
Poor governance as a threat to tropical biodiversity
Improving logging practices
Livelihoods and conservation
Conservation education and advocacy
Better technologies
Good examples of tropical conservation
Organizations assisting with tropical conservation
Restoration, reintroductions and urban management
Role of sound biological science in tropical conservation
Summary
Further reading
References
Index
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