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Tropical Conservation Biology

Tropical Conservation Biology

Navjot S. Sodhi, Barry W. Brook, Corey J. A. Bradshaw

ISBN: 978-1-118-68746-8

May 2013, Wiley-Blackwell

344 pages

$75.99

Description

This introductory textbook examines diminishing terrestrial and aquatic habitats in the tropics, covering a broad range of topics including the fate of the coral reefs; the impact of agriculture, urbanization, and logging on habitat depletion; and the effects of fire on plants and animal survival.

  • Includes case studies and interviews with prominent conservation scientists to help situate key concepts in a real world context
  • Covers a broad range of topics including: the fate of the coral reefs; the impact of agriculture, urbanization, and logging on habitat depletion; and the effects of fire on plants and animal survival
  • Highlights conservation successes in the region, and emphasizes the need to integrate social issues, such as human hunger, into a tangible conservation plan
  • Documents the current state of the field as it looks for ways to predict future outcomes and lessen human impact

“Sodhi et al. have done a masterful job of compiling a great deal of literature from around the tropical realm, and they have laid out the book in a fruitful and straightforward manner…I plan to use it as a reference and as supplemental reading for several courses and I would encourage others to do the same.” Ecology, 90(4), 2009, pp. 1144–1145

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Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. Diminishing habitats in regions of high biodiversity.

2. Invaluable losses.

3. Broken homes: tropical biotas in fragmented landscapes.

4. Burning down the house.

5. Alien invaders.

6. Human uses and abuses of tropical biodiversity.

7. Threats in three dimensions: tropical aquatic conservation.

8. Climate change: feeling the tropical heat.

9. Lost without a trace: the tropical extinction crisis.

10. Lights at the end of the tunnel: conservation options and challenges.

References.

Index

"This is by far the best introduction to conservation biology in the broadest sense that I have yet encountered." (Biodivers Conserv, 2011)

"It is simply a good, detailed, and up-to-date book that belongs on the shelves of scholars in tropical biology, ecology, conservation biology, and the environmental sciences.” (Ecology, April 2009)

"This is the most up-to-date and informative reference on the wrongs of conservation of biodiversity in the tropics." (Environmental Conservation, December 2008)


  • An introductory textbook examining the diminishing terrestrial and aquatic habitats in the tropics: the highly biodiverse region where conservation management is critical
  • Includes case studies and interviews with prominent conservation scientists to help situate key concepts in a real world context
  • Covers a broad range of topics including: the fate of the coral reefs; the impact of agriculture, urbanization, and logging on habitat depletion; and the effects of fire on plants and animal survival
  • Highlights conservation successes in the region, and emphasizes the need to integrate social issues, such as human hunger, into a tangible conservation plan
  • Documents the current state of the field as it looks for ways to predict future outcomes and lessen human impact