Conservation biology is fast emerging as a major new discipline, which incorporates biological principles in the design of effective strategies for the sustainable management of populations, species and entire ecosystems. This beautifully illustrated textbook introduces students to conservation biology, the science of preserving biodiversity. It begins by taking the reader on a tour of the many and varied ecosystems of our planet, providing a setting in which to explore the factors that have led to the alarming loss of biodiversity that we now see. In particular the fundamental problems of habitat loss and fragmentation, habitat disturbance and the non-sustainable exploitation of species in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems are explored. The methods that have been developed to address these problems, from the most traditional forms of conservation, to new approaches at genetic to landscape scales are then discussed, showing how the science can be put into practice.
1. The natural world
2. Major world ecosystems
3. The human impact
4. The effects of habitat destruction
5. The effects of habitat disturbance
6. Non-sustainable use
7. The rise of conservation biology
8. Selecting protected areas
9. Design and management of protected areas
10. Protecting species I. In situ conservation
11. Protecting species II. Ex-situ conservation and re-introduction
12. Landscape scale conservation
13. Conserving the evolutionary process (a longer-term view of conservation)
14. Ecological restoration
15. Putting the science in to practice
Andrew S. Pullin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham, where he has been teaching Environmental Biology, Ecology and Conservation Biology for a number of years. His research interests include the ecology and conservation of invertebrates, the assessment of biodiversity at species and genetic levels, and the relationship between conservation science and practice. His work has taken him to many exotic locations, including the tropics and the Antarctic, where he has obtained first hand experience of a wide range of conservation problems. In addition to his academic work, he is also involved in the practical aspects of conservation, and serves on the council of several non-governmental conservation organisations. He is involved in the implementation of several species and habitat actions plans, placing him in an excellent position to consider the relationship between conservation problems, conservation science and conservation action. Andrew is the editor of Ecology and Conservation of Butterflies (1994) and the Journal of Insect Conservation.
"[...] as well produced and clear as its competitors and that the range of geographical examples is excellent. I shall certainly recommend it as a text for my undergraduate audience [...] this is a welcome addition to the library of books on conservation biology."
- Journal of Parasitology
"[...] a very readable text taking an unusual route through the notion off conservation ecology [...] given the range of material and the focus on applied science, this text is one of the best recent introductions to the subject."
- TEG News
"[...] a very good introduction and well worth recommending to students."
- Glasgow Naturalist