Essentials of Conservation Biology

Richard B. Primack, Boston University
Richard B. Primack, Boston University

Essentials of Conservation Biology

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Essentials of Conservation Biology, Fifth Edition combines theory and applied and basic research to explain the connections between conservation biology and environmental economics, education, ethics, law, and the social sciences. 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...

Essentials of Conservation Biology, Fifth Edition combines theory and applied and basic research to explain the connections between conservation biology and environmental economics, education, ethics, law, and the social sciences. 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 species and issues of particular significance. Chapters end with summaries, an annotated list of suggested readings, and discussion questions. This new edition comes with summary statements in the text margins, as study aids.

Essentials of Conservation Biology, Fifth Edition is beautifully illustrated and now in full color, and is written in clear, non-technical language.

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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. 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-five foreign-language editions of his textbooks have been produced, with local coauthors adding in local examples. He is an author of rain forest books, most recently Tropical Rain Forests: An Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison (with Richard Corlett). Dr. Primack’s research interests include: the biological impacts of climate change; the loss of species in protected areas; tropical forest ecology and conservation; and conservation education. He is currently writing a popular book about changes in Concord since the time of Henry David Thoreau and Walden.

Essentials of Conservation Biology provides everything you could want from a textbook on the subject. Descriptions are clear and unpretentious, and the language is suitable for people from all backgrounds. Full-colour photographs and illustrations complement the text, whilst graphs and tables clearly show useful date. The text covers a variety of topics, providing an excellent background for non-biologists. Summary and discussion points at the end of each chapter provide direct conclusions, in addition to areas for debate. Well chosen case-studies add substance to the text and help to prove that conservation biology is very much a practical science, based upon basic ecological theories. … The author claims that he has intended to provide the reader with ‘a greater appreciation of the goals, methods, and importance of conservation biology’. I feel that he has certainly done this and more, in a clear and detailed manner.”
—Matthew Iles, The Canadian Field-Naturalist

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