603 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour tables
Essentials of Conservation Biology has established itself as an engrossing book from which to learn or teach. Combining theory and research and with examples from current literature, the book explain the links between conservation biology and other fields such as ecology, climate change, environmental economics, sustainable development and more.
PART I: DEFINING CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
1. What is Conservation Biology?
2. What is Biodiversity?
3. Where is the World's Biodiversity Found?
PART II: THE VALUE OF BIODIVERSITY
4. The Value of Biodiversity
5. Indirect Economic Values
6. Environmental Ethics
PART III: THREATS TO BIODIVERSITY
7. Extinction is Forever
8. Vulnerability to Extinction
9. Habitat Destruction, Fragmentation, Degradation, and Global Climate Change
10. Overexploitation, Invasive Species, and Disease
PART IV: CONSERVATION AT THE POPULATION AND SPECIES LEVELS
11. Problems of Small Populations
12. Applied Population Biology
13. Establishing New Populations
14. Ex Situ Conservation Strategies
PART V: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS
15. Establishing Protected Areas
16. Designing Protected Areas
17. Managing Protected Areas
18. Conservation Outside Protected Areas
19. Restoration of Damaged Ecosystems
PART VI: THE CHALLENGE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
20. Sustainable Development at Local and National Levels
21. International Approaches to Sustainable Development
22. An Agenda for the Future
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Richard B. Primack is a Professor in the Biology Department at Boston University, USA. Dr. Primack was President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biological Conservation. His research interests include the biological impacts of climate change; the loss of species in protected areas; tropical forest ecology and conservation; and conservation education.