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An Introduction to Conservation Biology

Second Edition

Anna A. Sher and Richard B. Primack

Publication Date - July 2019

ISBN: 9781605358970

512 pages
7.25 x 9.125 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $104.99

The only text designed for both aspiring conservation biologists and non-majors, providing up-to-date perspectives on high-profile issues like sustainable development and global warming


Now fully revised and updated in its second edition, An Introduction to Conservation Biology is well suited for a wide range of undergraduate courses, as both a primary text for conservation biology courses and a supplement for ecological and environmental science courses. This new edition has been expanded and updated with hundreds of new examples, explanations, citations, and figures to enhance learning and excitement for the subject. Coverage of recent conservation biology events in the news--such as climate change and sustainable development--keeps the content fresh and current.

An Introduction to Conservation Biology, Second Edition, focuses successively on biological diversity and its value; threats to biological diversity; conservation at the population and species levels; protecting, managing and restoring ecosystems; and sustainable development. Each chapter is beautifully illustrated in full color with diverse examples from the current literature. Chapters begin with guiding conservation biology principles and end with study aids including summaries, an annotated list of suggested readings, and discussion questions. Throughout, the authors maintain a focus on the active role that scientists, local people, conservation organizations, government, and the general public play in protecting biodiversity, even while providing for human needs.

New to this Edition

  • The "Threats to Biodiversity" chapter has been expanded into two distinct chapters: one on habitat fragmentation/loss/degradation, and another on climate change, invasive species, disease, and overexploitation
  • All figures and research examples have been updated to the most current data available, including world population, numbers of species, and atmospheric CO2
  • Dozens of new figures provide more images of organisms and depictions of data
  • Each chapter features Learning Objectives, to help focus students' attention
  • Offers up-to-date political and social developments
  • Updates all chapters with connections to climate change, greater inclusion of connections to evolution, and more material on tools and techniques conservation biologists use
  • Provides increased representation of plants and insects
  • Includes hundreds of updated citations to reflect the current state of the field, with many new examples from recent conservation biology research
  • Offers more research by underrepresented groups, while adhering to highest standards of scientific relevance and impact
  • Provides increased representation of plants and insects, and a balanced range of examples from around the world

About the Author(s)

Anna A. Sher is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Denver.

Richard B. Primack is Professor of Biology at Boston University.

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1. Defining Conservation Biology
    Chapter 2. What Is Biodiversity?
    Chapter 3. The Value of Biodiversity
    Chapter 4. Threats to Biodiversity: Habitat Change
    Chapter 5. Climate Change and Other Threats to Biodiversity
    Chapter 6. Extinction Risk
    Chapter 7. Conserving Populations and Species
    Chapter 8. Establishing New Populations and Ex Situ Conservation
    Chapter 9. Protected Areas
    Chapter 10. Conservation Outside Protected Areas
    Chapter 11. Restoration Ecology
    Chapter 12. Conservation and Sustainable Development
    Chapter 13. An Agenda for the Future

    Appendix: Selected Environmental Organizations and Sources of Information

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