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In 1935, an Australian government agency imported 101 specimens of the Central and South American Cane Toad in an attempt to manage insects devastating sugar cane harvests.
The Cane Toad had been introduced in other places, but in Australia it adapted and evolved with abandon, voraciously consuming native wildlife and killing predators with its lethal skin toxin. Today, hundreds of millions of Cane Toads have spread across the northern part of Australia and continue to move westward. The humble Cane Toad has become a national villain. Cane Toad Wars chronicles the research of intrepid scientist Rick Shine and his work to document the toad's ecological impact in Australia and to buffer that impact. Despite predictions of devastation in the wake of advancing toad hordes, the author's research reveals a more complex and nuanced story.
A first-hand account of an intriguing ecological problem and an important exploration of how we measure evolutionary change and ecological resilience, this book makes an effective case for the value of long-term natural history research in informing conservation practice.
About the Author
Rick Shine is Professor of Biology at the University of Sydney. He has published more than a thousand scientific papers on the ecology of reptiles and amphibians, and he has received a host of national and international awards for his research. He won the (Australian) Prime Minsters Award for Science in 2016 for his work on cane toads.
He has won every major prize for natural history in Australia and is the only person to have won the Eureka prizes for science in three categories.
"This is a wonderful book, both entertaining and enlightening, while also revealing the entire story of a conservation disaster and an impressive run of basic and applied biology."--Herpetological Review (06/01/2018) "This is a delightful book full of science, management, Australian humour, and a tremendous amount of information about cane toads. And in the end it is optimistic!"--The International Journal of Conservation ..".a rollicking good read - written with a wry, self-deprecating humour, but deadly serious about understanding the biology of this organism and its place in the landscape."--Australian Book Review
ISBN: 9780520295100 ISBN-10: 0520295102 Series: Organisms and Environments Audience:
Number Of Pages: 288 Published: 20th March 2018 Publisher: UNIV OF CALIFORNIA PR Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1