Fundamentals of conservation biology by Malcolm L. Hunter Jr., James P. Gibbs

By Malcolm L. Hunter Jr., James P. Gibbs

Within the new version of this hugely winning ebook, Malcolm Hunter and new co-author James Gibbs provide an intensive creation to the attention-grabbing and significant box of conservation biology, concentrating on what will be performed to take care of biodiversity via administration of ecosystems and populations.

  • Starting with a succinct examine conservation and biodiversity, this publication progresses to deal with a number of the subject's most complicated themes, similar to mass extinctions, atmosphere degradation, and over exploitation.
  • Discusses social, political, and fiscal facets of conservation biology.
  • Thoroughly revised with over 600 new references and internet hyperlinks to a number of the firms fascinated about conservation biology, notable pictures and maps.

Artwork from the ebook is on the market to teachers on-line at www.blackwellpublishing.com/hunter and by means of request on CD-ROM.

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It was accomplished by a cadre of dedicated individuals, mostly Ecuadorian park managers and scientists with some foreign support, working with scarce funds. It is an example of the awesome power of humans to control the fate of wild life. It is also an example of how we can be both agents of destruction and benevolent stewards. This book seeks to explore these issues with you in much greater detail and to provide guidance on achieving positive outcomes for the many creatures around the world that, like the Española tortoises, are still struggling to survive.

G. bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease), and viruses, which reproduce by invading other cells and commandeering the cellular machinery that viruses lack for reproducing themselves. Evolutionary biologists and taxonomists are wrestling with these issues and have proposed many other species definitions: evolutionary, phylogenetic, ecological, cladistic, morphological, and more (see Claridge et al. 1997 and Coyne and Orr 2004 for reviews). ” The differences among definitions would be an academic issue except that species identified by different definitions do not always correspond to one another.

Conservation biologists need to be aware of the debate over species definitions because it can have profound implications (Agapow et al. 2004; Mace 2004), but they cannot allow themselves to be paralyzed by it. It is better to use a fallback definition such as a species is “what a competent taxonomist says it is” (Stevens 1990), rather than do nothing for lack of definitive information. Fortunately, uncertainty over species definitions actually bolsters the overall goal of maintaining biodiversity because it highlights the critical importance of maintaining diversity below the species level, namely genetic diversity.

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