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Essentials of Conservation Biology (6th edition)

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Richard B. Primack
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May 2014
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  • The book is beautifully illustrated and written in clear, non-technical language, making it well-suited for undergraduate courses.
  • Each chapter begins with general ideas and principles, which are illustrated with choice examples from the current literature.
  • The most instructive examples are discussed in boxes highlighting projects, species, and issues of particular significance.
  • Chapters end with summaries, an annotated list of suggested readings, and discussion questions.

New to this Edition:

  • Coverage of the latest information available on a number of topics, including the expanding system of marine protected areas and linkages between conservation and global change.
  • New approaches culled from the recent literature on topics such as citizen science, aerial drones in conservation management, the economic value of wild pollinators, the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) in aquatic environments, and payments for ecosystem servicesare highlighted.
  • The full-color illustration program has been updated.
  • Major points from the text have been highlighted as sidebars and serve as useful study aids.

  
Essentials of Conservation Biology, Sixth Edition, combines theory and applied and basic research to explain the connections between conservation biology and ecology, climate change biology, the protection of endangered species, protected area management, environmental economics, and sustainable development. A major theme throughout the book is the active role that scientists, local people, the general public, conservation organizations, and governments can play in protecting biodiversity, even while providing for human needs.
   
Each chapter begins with general ideas and principles, which are illustrated with choice examples from the current literature. The most instructive examples are discussed in boxes highlighting projects, species, and issues of particular significance. Chapters end with summaries, an annotated list of suggested readings, and discussion questions. This new edition comes with extensive summary statements in the text margins, as study aids.
   
Essentials of Conservation Biology, Sixth Edition, is beautifully illustrated in full color, and is written in clear, non-technical language, making it well-suited for undergraduate courses.

Index: 

I. Major Issues That Define the Discipline
1: What Is Conservation Biology?
2: What Is Biological Diversity?
3: Where Is the World's Biological Diversity Found?

II. Valuing Biodiversity
4: Ecological Economics and Direct Use Values
5: Indirect Use Value
6: Ethical Values

III. Threats to Biological Diversity
7: Extinction
8: Vulnerability to Extinction
9: Habitat Destruction, Fragmentation, Degradation, and Global Climate Change
10: Overexploitation, Invasive Species, and Disease

IV. Conservation at the Population and Species Levels
11: Problems of Small Populations
12: Applied Population Biology
13: Establishing New Populations
14: Ex Situ Conservation Strategies

V. Practical Applications
15: Establishing Protected Areas
16: Designing Networks of Protected Areas
17: Managing Protected Areas
18: Conservation Outside Protected Areas
19: Restoration Ecology

VI. Conservation and Human Societies
20: Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Local and National Levels
21: An International Approach to Conservation and Sustainable Development
22: An Agenda for the Future

About the author: 

Richard B. Primack is a Professor in the Biology Department at Boston University. He received his B.A. at Harvard University in 1972 and his Ph.D. at Duke University in 1976, and then was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury and Harvard University. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong and Tokyo University, and has been awarded Bullard and Putnam Fellowships from Harvard University and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Dr. Primack was President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biological Conservation. Twenty-eight foreign-language editions of his conservation biology textbooks (the Essentials and the shorter Primer of Conservation Biology) have been produced, with local coauthors.

"Essentials of Conservation Biology does have a lot to offer and is a well-written text, with current examples up to and including papers from 2014. Terms are well defined in the text, and the history of conservation biology as a field is well explained. Chapters are engaging and well thought out, including box articles, summaries, and suggested readings for each chapter." - David W. MacDougall, Plant Science Bulletin

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