520 pages, 210 illus
The conservation of biodiversity is one of the most important issues facing ecologists today. In the new edition of this highly successful book, Malcolm Hunter and new coauthor, 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. Discussions of the social, political, and economic aspects of conservation biology issues are interwoven throughout the text and addressed independently in their own chapters.
This new edition has been thoroughly revised with over six hundred new references, web links to many of the organizations involved in conservation biology, and striking full-color figures, photographs, and maps. Hunter and Gibbs have created a context in which the principles of conservation biology can be readily understood and applied to managing real world populations and ecosystems.
This new edition continues to be an excellent choice for undergraduate courses in conservation biology - notable for its well-honed organization of concepts and its clear prose. Professor Thomas L Fleischner, Prescott College "This is an excellent text that provides a clear, lucid, and comprehensive summary of approaches used in biological conservation. It should inspire a new generation of conservation biologists." Tim Coulson, Imperial College, London "My goal is to expose the concepts of conservation biology to the broadest possible student audience. For its combination of accessible writing with rigorous, updated content, Fundamentals of Conservation Biology is matchless." Professor Travis Knowles, Francis Marion University "Hunter and Gibbs have produced an excellent text, one that uses an array of concrete examples, ethical principles, and theory to challenge and engage students. Fundamentals of Conservation Biology should remain one of the standards in the field for years to come." Dr Christopher Norment, SUNY College at Brockport "Hunter and Gibbs comprehensively present conservation biology with both clarity and charm. It includes excellent examples and case studies, current issues and topics, and recent references that will certainly appeal to faculty and students in the conservation sciences." Dr Jamie M Kneitel, California State University, Sacramento
Full Contents List of Case Studies PrefaceAcknowledgments Part I: Biodiversity and Its Importance:1. Conservation and Conservation Biology2. What is Biodiversity?3. Species Diversity4. Ecosystem Diversity5. Genetic DiversityPart II: Threats to Biodiversity:6. Mass Extinctions and Global Change7. Extinction Processes8. Ecosystem Degradation and Loss9. Overexploitation10. Invasive ExoticsPart III: Maintaining Biodiversity:11. Protecting Ecosystems12. Managing Ecosystems13. Managing Populations14. Zoos and GardensPart IV: The Human Factors:15. Social Factors16. Economics17. Politics and ActionEpilogueGlossaryLiterature Cited and Author IndexSpecies IndexSubject Index
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Malcolm Hunter is the Libra Professor of Conservation Biology and Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine, Orono. He is also the former President of the Society for Conservation Biology. James Gibbs is Associate Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry.