In the new edition of this highly successful book, Malcolm Hunter and new co-author James Gibbs offer a thorough introduction to the fascinating and important field of conservation biology, focusing on what can be done to maintain biodiversity through management of ecosystems and populations. * Starting with a succinct look at conservation and biodiversity, this book progresses to contend with some of the subject's most complex topics, such as mass extinctions, ecosystem degradation, and over exploitation. * Discusses social, political, and economic aspects of conservation biology. * Thoroughly revised with over six hundred new references and web links to many of the organizations involved in conservation biology, striking photographs and maps. Artwork from the book is available to instructors online at www.blackwellpublishing.com/hunter and by request on CD-ROM.
Malcolm Hunter is the Libra Professor of Conservation Biology and Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine, Orono. He is also the former President of the Society for Conservation Biology. James Gibbs is Associate Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Full Contents. List of Case Studies. Preface. Acknowledgments. Part I: Biodiversity and Its Importance:. 1. Conservation and Conservation Biology. 2. What is Biodiversity?. 3. Species Diversity. 4. Ecosystem Diversity. 5. Genetic Diversity. Part II: Threats to Biodiversity:. 6. Mass Extinctions and Global Change. 7. Extinction Processes. 8. Ecosystem Degradation and Loss. 9. Overexploitation. 10. Invasive Exotics. Part III: Maintaining Biodiversity:. 11. Protecting Ecosystems. 12. Managing Ecosystems. 13. Managing Populations. 14. Zoos and Gardens. Part IV: The Human Factors:. 15. Social Factors. 16. Economics. 17. Politics and Action. Epilogue. Glossary. Literature Cited and Author Index. Species Index. Subject Index