This book introduces readers to the important concepts for understanding the environmental challenges and consequences of the declining diversity of life on the planet. Contributions from scientists, and academics in the social sciences and humanities provide readers with an initial 'tool kit' for understanding the concepts central to their disciplinary perspective and the multi-dimensional aspects of the loss of biodiversity.
Dr. Sharon L. Spray is assistant professor of political science and environmental studies at Elon University and teaches courses in American politics, international environmental policy, and domestic environmental politics and law. Dr. Karen L. McGlothlin is assistant professor of biology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and teaches courses in invertebrate zoology, island ecology, entomology, and developmental biology.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1. Life Lines: A Geoscience Perspective on Historical Losses of Biodiversity Chapter 4 2. A Changing Balance: An Ecological Perspective on the Loss of Biodiversity Chapter 5 3.Diminishing Songbirds: A Conservation Biology Case Study of Eastern Songbirds Chapter 6 4. Valuing Nature: Ethical Perspectives on the Loss of Biodiversity Chapter 7 5. Pricing Protection: Understanding the Environmental Economics of Biodiversity Protection Chapter 8 6. The Politics of Biodiversity: A Political Case Study of the Endangered Species Act Chapter 9 7. The Global Challenge: Concluding Thoughts on the Loss of Biodiversity Part 10 Glossary