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Conservation: A people-centred approach

Francis Gilbert and Hilary Gilbert

25 September 2019

ISBN: 9780198821663

176 pages

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Oxford Biology Primers

Price: £22.99

Written primarily for 16-19 year old students, this concise, stimulating introduction to modern conservation biology, and the issues that constrain us from achieving sustainability aims to extend students' knowledge and inspire them to take their school-level learning further.



Written primarily for 16-19 year old students, this primer aims to extend students' knowledge and inspire them to take their school-level learning further. It explores topics that are familiar from the curriculum and also introduces new ideas, giving students a first taste of the study of biology beyond school-level and demonstrating how concepts frequently encountered at school are relevant to and applied in current research. This is the ideal text to support students who are considering making the transition from studying biology at school to university.

It is a concise, stimulating introduction to modern conservation biology, and the issues that constrain us from achieving sustainability.

  • Oxford Biology Primers are the only resource to introduce prospective and current students of undergraduate-level bioscience to a range of topics from this dynamic experimental science, enticing readers to study further.
  • Its titles directly support two key transitions in the student journey: from school to undergraduate-level study, and from undergraduate to independent researcher.
  • Its modular format offers a high degree of flexibility, with teachers being able to draw on specific volumes that augment the post-16 curriculum, university lecturers being able to draw on specific volumes at different stages of the undergraduate curriculum, and with materials from the series being available for access in both print and digital formats.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Francis Gilbert, University of Nottingham, and Hilary Gilbert, University of Nottingham

Professor Francis Gilbert did his BA and PhD at St John's College, Cambridge, and then became a Junior Fellow at Gonville & Caius College and a Harkness Fellow in the USA before becoming a lecturer at Nottingham in 1984, where he has been ever since. He is an ecologist with two main interests: the conservation of South Sinai, where he has worked since 1986; and the biology of hoverflies. He has published almost 200 papers and 20 books, including books on the natural world for children of a variety of age bands, a popular account of the Bedouin gardens of South Sinai, a primer of hoverfly biology, and a guide to teaching quantitative biology. In 2004-7 he lived in Cairo and South Sinai in order to run a large project aimed at improving conservation across the Protected Areas of Egypt via research, monitoring, and public awareness. He is currently working on a monograph on the biology of hoverflies, a village history, and a guide to South Sinai.

Dr Hilary Gilbert did her BA in Modern & Medieval Languages at Girton College Cambridge. She ran a Volunteer Bureau and Nottingham Community Health Council before becoming an NHS manager, leaving that to join the King's Fund in London. She then developed and ran Derbyshire Community Foundation for almost ten years before resigning to join Francis in Cairo, where she founded the Community Foundation for South Sinai while doing her PhD on the relationship between the Park and the South Sinai Bedouin living within its boundary. She now researches the health and well-being of the Bedouin, especially the women, while running the CFSS and its UK partner, the South Sinai Foundation. She has written about her work throughout her career, from research reports to having had a regular newspaper column in the Nottingham Evening Post. She has a number of published papers and is currently writing a book on her work in South Sinai.

Table of Contents

    1:Conservation, ecology and science
    2:Populations, patchiness, and movement
    3:Rarity and extinction
    4:Interactions among species
    5:What processes create ecological communities?
    6:Ecosystem services & human well-being
    7:Indigenous people and conservation
    8:Conservation strategies

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

Conservation: A people-centred approach is supported by online resources and is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

The book's online resources include:
For students:
- Online quizzes for each chapter so that students can quickly check their understanding of the key concepts
For teachers:
- Artwork from the book in easy-to-download format, for use in class materials and handouts

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