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Protecting Life on Earth : An Introduction to the Science of Conservation - Michael P. Marchetti

Protecting Life on Earth

An Introduction to the Science of Conservation

Paperback Published: 1st September 2010
ISBN: 9780520264328
Number Of Pages: 232

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Written to be accessible to any college-level reader, "Protecting Life on Earth" offers a non-technical, yet comprehensive introduction to the growing field of conservation science. This multifaceted exploration of our current biodiversity crisis delivers vivid examples throughout, including features on some of nature's most compelling wildlife. Beginning with a brief introduction to environmental history, the text introduces the central concepts of evolution and ecology, and covers several major issues related to the conservation of biodiversity including extinction, climate change, sustainability, conservation law, and invasive species. It also touches on adjacent disciples such as economics and sociology as they relate to conservation. The text even includes practical advice on the decisions we make every day--how we spend our money, where we live and work, what we eat and buy. Throughout, "Protecting Life on Earth "underscores the ways in which our future is tied to that of Earth's threatened species, and demonstrates exactly why conservation is so vitally important for us all.

"This worthwhile book can be used by teachers to stimulate student interest in the value of protecting our natural world." -- Thomas Brown Nasta

Introductionp. ix
Environmental Historyp. 1
Variation, Natural Selection, and Evolutionp. 19
Species: The Basic Unit of Conservationp. 37
Climate and Global Patterns of Distributionp. 49
Ecology: Individuals and Populationsp. 63
Ecology: Communities and Ecosystemsp. 81
Biodiversity and Extinctionp. 103
Value, Economics, and the Tragedy of the Commonsp. 121
Conservation Sciencep. 135
Conservation and the American Legal Systemp. 149
Invasive Species and Conservationp. 163
Restoration Ecologyp. 179
Conservation in Actionp. 191
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780520264328
ISBN-10: 0520264320
Series: Stephen Bechtel Fund Imprint in Ecology and the Environment
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.58