As the need increases for sound estimates of impending rates of animal and plant species extinction, scientists must have a firm grounding in the qualitative and quantitative methods required to make the best possible predictions. Extinction Rates offers the most wide-ranging and practical introduction to those methods available. With contributions from an international cast of leading experts, the book combines cutting-edge information on recent and past extinction rates with treatments of underlying ecological and evolutionary causes. Throughout, it highlights apparent differences in extinction rates among taxonomic groups and places, aiming to identify unresolved issues and important questions. Written with advanced undergraduate and graduate students in mind, Extinction Rates will also prove invaluable to researchers in ecology, conservation biology, and the earth and environmental sciences.
'EXTINCTION RATES is a breath of fresh air ... EXTINCTION RATES is a gold-mine of hard data and solid science which should be read by all with a serious interest in biodiversity -- past, present, and future.'
David M. Raup, University of Chicago, Science
`a well integrated set of 14 research articles and reviews that attempt to put the study of extinction rates on a more rigorous footing ... Extinction Rates is a gold mine of hard data and solid science that should be read by all with a serious interest in biodiversity - past, present and future.'
David M. Raup, University of Chicago, Nature, Volume 375, June 1995
`The last book we looked at, Extinction Rates, is without doubt the cream of a bumper crop.'
Joshua R. Ginsberg, Andrew Balmford, Zoological Society of London, TREE, vol. 10, no. 9, September 1995
`I would strongly recommend Extinction Rates to all those listed as being the target audience on the back cover (senior undergraduates, postgraduate students, and research workers in the general fields of ecology, conservation biology and the environmental sciences). It would make an extremely good basis for a final year undergraduate course, or for a graduate school discussion class. I suspect that a wider audience would also gain from reading it.'
Chris D. Thomas, Journal of Animal Ecology, 65, 1996
1: Assessing extinction rates
2: Extinctions in the fossil record
3: Constancy and change of life in the sea
4: Insect faunas in ice age environments: why so little extinction?
5: Bird extinctions in the Central Pacific
6: Extinctions in Mediterranean areas
7: Recent past and future extinctions in birds
8: Rates and patterns of extinction among British invertebrates
9: Assessing the risk of plant extinction due to pollinator and disperser failure
10: Population dynamic principles
11: Estimating extinction from molecular phylogenies
12: Biological models for monitoring species decline: the construction and use of databases
13: Classification of species and its role in conservation planning
14: The scale of the human enterprise and biodiversity loss