Fundamentals of Conservation Biology, 3rd Edition
March 2009, ©2007, Wiley-Blackwell
- 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.
Full Contents vii
List of Case Studies xi
PART I Biodiversity and Its Importance 3
1 Conservation and Conservation Biology 4
2 What Is Biodiversity? 22
3 Species Diversity 34
4 Ecosystem Diversity 65
5 Genetic Diversity 86
PART II Threats to Biodiversity 113
6 Mass Extinctions and Global Change 114
7 Extinction Processes 130
8 Ecosystem Degradation and Loss 150
9 Overexploitation 184
10 Invasive Exotics 205
PART III Maintaining Biodiversity 225
11 Protecting Ecosystems 226
12 Managing Ecosystems 252
13 Managing Populations 281
14 Zoos and Gardens 310
PART IV The Human Factors 329
15 Social Factors 330
16 Economics 346
17 Politics and Action 372
Literature Cited and Author Index 405
Species Index 476
Subject Index 486
James Gibbs is Associate Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
- Provides 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
- 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
- Thoroughly revised with over 750 new references and web links to many of the organizations involved in conservation biology, striking photographs and maps.
"One could imagine a whole course being based on this book as it has so much to offer." (Journal of Biological Education)"This new edition continues to be an excellent choice for undergraduate courses in conservation biology - notable for its well-honed organization of concepts and its clear prose."
–Professor Thomas L Fleischner, Prescott College
"This is an excellent text that provides a clear, lucid, and
comprehensive summary of approaches used in biological
conservation. It should inspire a new generation of conservation
–Tim Coulson, Imperial College, London
"My goal is to expose the concepts of conservation biology to
the broadest possible student audience. For its combination of
accessible writing with rigorous, updated content, Fundamentals
of Conservation Biology is matchless."
–Professor Travis Knowles, Francis Marion University
"Hunter and Gibbs have produced an excellent text, one that uses
an array of concrete examples, ethical principles, and theory to
challenge and engage students. Fundamentals of Conservation
Biology should remain one of the standards in the field for
years to come."
–Dr Christopher Norment, SUNY College at Brockport
"Hunter and Gibbs comprehensively present conservation biology
with both clarity and charm. It includes excellent examples and
case studies, current issues and topics, and recent references that
will certainly appeal to faculty and students in the conservation
–Dr Jamie M Kneitel, California State University, Sacramento