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Conservation biogeography / edited by Richard J. Ladle and Robert J. Whittaker.

Contributor(s): Ladle, Richard J | Whittaker, Robert J.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011Description: x, 301 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9781444335033 (cloth); 1444335030 (cloth); 9781444335040 (pbk.); 1444335049 (pbk.).Subject(s): Conservation biology | Biodiversity conservation | Protected areas | BiogeographyDDC classification: 333.95/16
Contents:
The roots of conservation biogeography -- Social values and conservation biogeography -- Baselines, patterns and process -- Basic biogeography : Estimating biodiversity and mapping nature -- The shaping of the global protected area estate -- Systematic conservation planning : Past, present and future -- Planning for persistence in a changing world -- Applied island biogeography -- Biological invasions and the homogenization of faunas and floras -- Prospects and challenges.
Summary: The Earth's ecosystems are in the midst of an unprecedented period of change as a result of human action. Many habitats have been completely destroyed or divided into tiny fragments, others have been transformed through the introduction of new species, or the extinction of native plants and animals, while anthropogenic climate change now threatens to completely redraw the geographic map of life on this planet. The urgent need to understand and prescribe solutions to this complicated and interlinked set of pressing conservation issues has lead to the transformation of the venerable academic discipline of biogeography - the study of the geographic distribution of animals and plants. The newly emerged sub-discipline of conservation biogeography uses the conceptual tools and methods of biogeography to address real world conservation problems and to provide predictions about the fate of key species and ecosystems over the next century. This book provides the first comprehensive review of the field in a series of closely interlinked chapters addressing the central issues within this exciting and important subject.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [264]-296) and index.

The roots of conservation biogeography -- Social values and conservation biogeography -- Baselines, patterns and process -- Basic biogeography : Estimating biodiversity and mapping nature -- The shaping of the global protected area estate -- Systematic conservation planning : Past, present and future -- Planning for persistence in a changing world -- Applied island biogeography -- Biological invasions and the homogenization of faunas and floras -- Prospects and challenges.

The Earth's ecosystems are in the midst of an unprecedented period of change as a result of human action. Many habitats have been completely destroyed or divided into tiny fragments, others have been transformed through the introduction of new species, or the extinction of native plants and animals, while anthropogenic climate change now threatens to completely redraw the geographic map of life on this planet. The urgent need to understand and prescribe solutions to this complicated and interlinked set of pressing conservation issues has lead to the transformation of the venerable academic discipline of biogeography - the study of the geographic distribution of animals and plants. The newly emerged sub-discipline of conservation biogeography uses the conceptual tools and methods of biogeography to address real world conservation problems and to provide predictions about the fate of key species and ecosystems over the next century. This book provides the first comprehensive review of the field in a series of closely interlinked chapters addressing the central issues within this exciting and important subject.

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Conservation Biogeography provides an exceptionally well-done introduction to, and status report of, an emerging field of inquiry. The book is organized into four main sections ("Roots, Relevance, Aims, and Values"; "The Distribution of Diversity"; "Conservation Planning in a Changing World"; and "Future Directions") and ten chapters, each written by a different group of authors. Chapter contributors introduce the historical, biological, and ethical foundations of conservation and the importance of using species distributions and conservation simultaneously. Each chapter provides dense, important, accurate, and intelligently summarized material for audiences at many different levels. The excellent references allow further explorations for the novice as well as the advanced reader. The editors' goal was to provide material for teaching, and they succeeded in providing a cohesive, unified language and framework throughout the entire text, despite the large number of contributors. If the book has one weakness, it is the lack of coverage of conservation as practiced by Native peoples around the world, but otherwise it is a must have. Summing Up: Essential. All readership levels. B. Blossey Cornell University

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Richard J. Ladle was the founding Director of Oxford University's MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management. Since 2009 he has been working in Brazil as an international conservation consultant and science writer. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Alagoas, teaching and doing research on diverse and interdisciplinary aspects of conservation, biogeography and ecology. <br> Robert J Whittaker is the current Academic Director of the MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, and holds the title of Professor of Biogeography in the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. He is a founding member and past President (2009-2010) of the International Biogeography Society and since 2004 has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biogeography. He has a longstanding interest in island biogeography, patterns and processes controlling diversity, and the application of biogeography to conservation.

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