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In the early 1970s, the environmental movement was underway. Over population was recognised as a threat to human well-being, and scientists like Michael Soulé believed there was a connection between anthropogenic pressures on natural resources and the loss of the planet's biodiversity. Soulé recognised the importance of a healthy natural world and with other leaders of the day pushed for a new interdisciplinary approach to preserving biological diversity. Thirty years later, he is hailed by many as the single most important force in the development of the modern science of conservation biology. Collected Papers of Michael E. Soulé is a select collection of seminal writings by Michael Soulé over a thirty-year time-span from 1980 through the present day. Intended for a new generation of students, it offers a fresh presentation of goals of conservation biology, and inspiration and guidance for the global biodiversity crises facing us today. Readers will come away with an understanding of the science, passion, idealism, and sense of urgency that drove early founders of conservation biology like Michael Soulé.
Introduction James A. Estes
Chapter 1. Conservation Biology: Its Scope and Its Challenge
Chapter 2. What Is Conservation Biology?
Chapter 3. The Millenium Ark: How Long a Voyage, How Many Staterooms, How Many Passengers?
Chapter 4. Conservation Biology and the "Real World"
Chapter 5. Reconstructed Dynamics of Rapid Extinctions of Chaparral-Requiring Birds in Urban Habitat Islands
Chapter 6. The Onslaught of Alien Species, and Other Challenges in the Coming Decades
Chapter 7. Conservation: Tactics for a Constant Crisis
Chapter 8. Conservation Genetics and Conservation Biology: A Troubled Marriage
Chapter 9. The Social and Public Health Implications of Global Warming and the Onslaught of Alien Species
Chapter 10. Complimentary Goals for Continental Conservation
Chapter 11. Conserving Nature at Regional and Continental Scales: A Scientific Program for North America
Chapter 12. Ecological Effectiveness: Conservation Goals for Interactive Species
Chapter 13. Strongly Interacting Species: Conservation Policy, Management, and Ethics
Chapter 14. Editorial: The "New Conservation"
Michael Soulé is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. A founder and first president of the Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlands Network, Dr. Soulé has written and edited nine books on biology, conservation biology, and the social and policy context of conservation and has published more than 170 papers in journals. Soule is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many honours, Dr. Soulé is the sixth recipient of the Archie Carr Medal and in the first class of recipients of The Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award.
"At a time when fewer and fewer individuals understand what wildness means and how biology works, the Collected Papers of Michael E. Soulé arrives like rain in the desert. No one has had a greater impact on conservation biology than Michael Soulé. His knowledge of this blessed Earth is more than just a sharp-eyed respect for science. Soulé holds a spiritual conviction that recognizes that the intersection between biology and beauty is the miraculous. Each of these papers is an example of ecological consciousness delivered with a bow toward our humble place on the planet."
- Terry Tempest Williams, author of When Women Were Birds
"Michael Soulé is considered the father of modern conservation biology and is one of my personal heroes. The papers in this collection are valuable and timeless on their own, but the addition of a preface, a substantive introduction by James Estes, and introductions to each paper by the author and Rob Peters makes this book a significant new contribution to the literature. The outlook for life on Earth may appear grim, but the world is a better place with Michael Soulé in it."
- Reed F. Noss, author of Forgotten Grasslands of the South
"Michael Soulé has guided the development of the vital field of conservation biology since its origin, making sure that it remains true to the best science and the best ethical principles in the face of numerous challenges. This remarkable feat is beautifully charted in these collected papers."
- David Ehrenfeld, Founding Editor of Conservation Biology and Distinguished Professor of Biology, Rutgers Univ.