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Conservation Biology : The Theory and Practice of Nature Conservation and Management - Peggy L. Fiedler

Conservation Biology

The Theory and Practice of Nature Conservation and Management

By: Peggy L. Fiedler (Editor), P.H. Kareiva (Editor)

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Reflecting what a new generation of conservation biologists is doing and thinking, this vital and far-ranging second edition explores where conservation biology is heading. It challenges many conventions of conservation biology by exposing certain weaknesses of widely accepted "principles." Combining contributions from both the old school and the new breed of conservation biologists, this insightful text focuses primarily on topics that are integral to the daily activities of conservation biologists. Several chapters address ecosystem restoration and biotic invasions as well as the mechanics of population viability analyses, which are now a routine facet of conservation efforts. A "case history" approach is implemented throughout the book, with the use of practical real-world examples. Furthermore, an in-depth look at quantitative analyses is presented, allowing for models and mathematical analyses to pinpoint limitations in existing data and guide research toward those aspects of biology that are most likely to be critical to the dynamics of a species or an ecosystem. Undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in introductory conservation as well as researchers in the field will be enlightened by the new, practical ideas and perspectives presented in this comprehensive and indispensable textbook.

Preface
Prologue: The Next Generation
Saving Species Through Population Biology and Viability Analyses: A Morass of Math, Myth, and Mistakes?p. 1
The Analysis of Population Persistence: An Outlook on the Practice of Viability Analysisp. 4
Rare Plant Demography: Lessons from the Mariposa Lilies (Calochortus: Liliaceae)p. 28
Evaluating Extinction Risks in Plant Populationsp. 49
Physical Effects of Habitat Fragmentationp. 66
Reintroduction of Rare Plants: Genetics, Demography and the Role of Ex Situ Conservation Methodsp. 80
Broad Brushes and Taxonomic Tours: Summaries of the State of the Natural Worldp. 109
Conservation and Management of Species in the Seap. 112
Reptilian Extinctions over the Last Ten Thousand Yearsp. 157
Conservation Status of the World's Fish Fauna: An Overviewp. 187
Challenges in Insect Conservation: Managing Fluctuating Populations in Disturbed Habitatsp. 228
An Australian Perspective on Plant Conservation Biology in Practicep. 255
Habitat Degradation and Ecological Restoration: Hubris, Hegemony, and Healingp. 279
Critical Issues in Invasion Biology for Conservation Sciencep. 283
Challenges and Approaches for Conserving Hawaii's Endangered Birdsp. 306
Picking Up the Pieces: Botanical Conservation on Degraded Oceanic Islandsp. 317
When Do Genetic Considerations Require Special Approaches to Ecological Restoration?p. 345
Replacing Endangered Species Habitat: The Acid Test of Wetland Ecologyp. 364
When Conservation Meets the Real World of Economics, Politics, and Tradeoffsp. 381
The Economics of Biological Diversity Conservationp. 384
The Patagonia Challenge: Melding Conservation with Developmentp. 410
Tropical Agroecology and Conservation Ecology: Two Paths Toward Sustainable Developmentp. 426
New Technologies and Novel Perspectives for the Next Generation of Conservation Biologyp. 437
Using Molecular Genetics to Learn about the Ecology of Threatened Species: The Allure and the Illusion of Measuring Genetic Structure in Natural Populationsp. 440
Conservation Endocrinology: Field Endocrinology Meets Conservation Biologyp. 461
Global Climate Change and Species Interactionsp. 478
Contributions of Spatially Explicit Landscape Models to Conservation Biologyp. 497
Epilogue: A Retrospective "Gap Analysis"p. 509
Indexp. 515
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780412096617
ISBN-10: 0412096617
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 533
Published: 31st October 1997
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.27 x 17.93  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised