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Principles of Conservation Biology

Third Edition

Martha J. Groom, Gary K. Meffe, and C. Ronald Carroll

August 2005

ISBN: 9780878935970

699 pages

Price: £109.99

Introduces the major themes and concepts of conservation biology. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.



Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press.

Principles of Conservation Biology, Third Edition, features a wholly revised organization, emphasizing analyses of different categories of threat and approaches to conservation. Coverage has been expanded to incorporate both terrestrial and marine conservation issues, and efforts in the U.S. and across the globe.Principles' eighteen chapters introduce the major themes and concepts of this diverse and dynamic field.

About the Author(s)

Martha J. Groom, Gary K. Meffe, and C. Ronald Carroll

Martha J. Groom is an Associate Professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program at the University of Washington, Bothell and the Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle. She teaches conservation biology, ecology, landscape planning and topical courses on science, policy, and society. She has won several teaching awards. Her research focuses on the influences of fragmentation and landscape context on species persistence.

Gary K. Meffe is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. He is senior author of Ecosystem Management: Adaptive, Community-Based Conservation, coauthor of Conserving Biodiversity on Military Lands: A Handbook for Natural Resources Managers, and coeditor of Ecology and Evolution of Livebearing Fishes. Since 1997 he has served as Editor of the international journal Conservation Biology.

C. Ronald Carroll is the former Director of the Institute of Ecology at the University of Georgia and currently the Director for Science in the River Basin Science and Policy Center at the University of Georgia. He is the series editor for the newly initiated Southern Environment Series of the UGA Press. He teaches conservation ecology and conducts research on invasive species in the southeastern United States. He is also engaged in a large conservation and sustainable development project in Ecuador known as the Chocó-Andean Corridor Project. The project is located in northwestern Ecuador and embraces two globally significant hotspots of biological diversity, the Chocó and the Western Andean slopes.

Table of Contents

    Unit 1: Conceptual Foundations for Conservation Biology
    1:What Is Conservation Biology?
    2:Global Biodiversity
    3:Threats to Biodiversity
    4:Conservation Values and Ethics
    5:Ecological Economics and Nature Conservation
    Unit 2: Focus on Primary Threats to Biodiversity
    6:Habitat Degradation and Loss
    7:Habitat Fragmentation
    9:Species Invasions
    10:Biological Impacts of Climate Change
    11:Conservation Genetics
    Unit 3: Approaches to Solving Conservation Problems
    12:Species and Landscape Approaches to Conservation
    13:Ecosystem Approaches to Conservation
    14:Protected Areas
    15:Restoration of Damaged Ecosystems and Endangered Populations
    16:Sustainable Development
    17:The Integration of Conservation Science and Policy
    18:Meeting Conservation Challenges in the Twenty-First Century


"The preface also calls attention to the multiple voices that are represented by the many diverse contributors to the volume. These voices blend together incredibly well, and although they speak to different topics, they combine to produce an integrated whole. The result is more than an outstanding textbook for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. It is also a state-of-the-art reference for anyone seeking an authoritative introduction to the weighty subject of conservation biology." - Karen B. Strier, The Quarterly Review of Biology

"I would like to recommend this book not only to teachers of conservation or their students, but also to other biologists, ecologists, and of course to people responsible for developing political instruments that accompany the ecological view on biodiversity conservation." - Folia Geobotanica

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