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Conservation Biology

Bradley Cardinale, Richard Primack, and James Murdoch

Publication Date - October 2019

ISBN: 9781605357140

672 pages
8-1/2 x 11 inches

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Brings together theory, applied research, basic research, and hundreds of real-world examples and stories from dozens of disciplines to teach students how to be practicing conservation biologists that protect and manage Earth's biodiversity while sustaining a high quality of life for humankind


Conservation Biology brings together theory, applied research, basic research, and hundreds of real-world examples and stories from dozens of disciplines to teach students how to become practicing conservation biologists who protect and manage Earth's biodiversity. A major theme throughout the book is the active role that researchers, local communities, the general public, conservation organizations, and governments can play in protecting biodiversity, even while maintaining a high quality of life for humankind.


  • "Conservation Success Stories" share the discipline's most important, and inspirational achievements to date
  • "Conservation in Practice" boxes showcase common methods and models that form the quantitative and methodological foundations of conservation biology
  • "Challenges & Opportunities" boxes feature emerging challenges, controversies, and opportunities where future practitioners will ultimately determine success in the field
  • "Case in Point" boxes highlight compelling examples and stories that reinforce concepts presented in the text
  • "Suggested Exercises" give students opportunities to practice the concepts, tools, and techniques that are introduced in the text
  • "Video Links" reinforce important concepts and ideas in the text with real-world examples

About the Author(s)

Bradley Cardinale is a Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan where he also serves as Director of the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research. Cardinale is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Ecological Society of America (ESA). His research and teaching integrate perspectives from the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and design disciplines to improve efforts to conserve and restore biodiversity, and to protect the ecosystem services that biodiversity provides to society. He has published more than 120 scientific papers and popular articles, and has ranked as a Highly Cited Researcher in the field of Ecology & Environment for most of the past decade. In 2014, Cardinale was named one of 'The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds' by Thomson Reuters, one of the main sources of impact factors used in the assessment of scientific work.

Richard Primack is a Professor of Biology at Boston University with a specialization in plant ecology, conservation biology, tropical rain forest ecology, and climate change biology. He has been a visiting professor in Germany, Japan, China, and the Czech Republic, and a Guggenheim Fellow and a Humboldt Research Fellow. He is the author of two widely used conservation biology textbooks; local coauthors have helped to produce thirty-six translations of these books with local examples. He is also the author of the popular book Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods (2014). He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biological Conservation and as the President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. His research has centered on the ecology of tropical rain forests in Malaysia and the impacts of climate change on the plants and animals of Massachusetts.

James D. Murdoch is an Associate Professor and Director of the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He is a wildlife biologist and received his doctorate through the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at the University of Oxford. Much of his research focuses on the behavior, ecology, and conservation of carnivores, and examines questions related to the effects of landscape change on the abundance and distribution of species at field sites in Asia, Africa, and North America. He also served as a Fulbright Scholar in Mongolia, and is a member of the IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group and Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Vermont.


"Bradley Cardinale and his coauthors have channeled their expertise and insights to produce a wonderful new textbook on Conservation Biology. Along with the expected expert contributions on biodiversity and its patterns, drivers, and threats, there are novel transdisciplinary sections on ethics, morals, and values associated with conservation, all brought to life through vivid imagery, case studies, and inspirational stories. I have no doubt that this book will be a fundamental resource for a generation of conservation scientists to come."--Robin Naidoo, Senior Conservation Scientist, World Wildlife Fund

"Conservation Biology is the best textbook on nature conservation I've seen. Its authors have an exceptional depth of knowledge that comes from decades of work around the world and their roles as leading scientific writers and journal editors. The prose is crisp, the real-world complexities of conservation come through powerfully, and the case studies and examples are highly topical and up to date. If I were going to teach a course on conservation biology or an allied topic, this is the textbook I'd choose--hands down."--William F. Laurance, James Cook University, Australia and Singapore

"This textbook is absolutely terrific! The stories and examples are enlightening and bring the whole subject to life in a scientifically compelling and personally engaging way. The illustrations are superb and the tools and approaches are state-of-the-art. The book is a tremendous asset for researchers, educators, students, and practitioners."--Gretchen Daily, Stanford University

"This new textbook on conservation biology surpasses all previous texts, especially in its thorough coverage of the drivers and values of biodiversity, the threats, and available solutions. It will be of interest not only to the target audience (upper-division undergraduate and beginning graduate students), but to anyone interested in nature and conservation. The high quality of this book reflects the combined expertise and writing skills of the authors."--Reed Noss, former editor-in-chief of Conservation Biology and past-president, Society for Conservation Biology

"Conservation Biology is up to date and engaging, with excellent examples from in situ and ex situ programs. It has a more hands-on approach and a global perspective that is just what I am looking for. The text includes many examples with a global perspective on key components such as biodiversity loss, climate change, and remedial actions."--Nicole Duplaix, Oregon State University

"Cardinale's Conservation Biology is an excellent text that takes the best of previous texts and adds interactive and applied content to better engage modern students."--Stephen G. Mech, Albright College

"Conservation Biology is driven by examples and explanations of topics like extinction that are generally left out of other texts. It has the best chapter I have read on global patterns of biodiversity--not only is it up to date--but it touches on the major drivers."--Alexander Wait, Missouri State University

"The writing style is very clear, understandable, and engaging, while not compromising detail and rigor."--Jay T. Lennon, Indiana University

"I found the balance of material to be outstanding and especially liked the concrete, real-world examples and website links that really bring the material to life and make it especially relevant."--Mark Manteuffel, Washington University in St. Louis

"I was extremely impressed--the balance of this complex topic and breadth of coverage is particularly good."--Dov Sax, Brown University

Table of Contents


    Part I: Foundations of Conservation Biology
    Chapter 1. State of Our Planet
    Chapter 2. The Rise of Conservation Biology
    Chapter 3. Biodiversity Concepts and Measure
    Chapter 4. Global Patterns and Drivers of Biodiversity

    Part II: Importance of Biodiversity
    Chapter 5. The Many Values of Biodiversity
    Chapter 6. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
    Chapter 7. Ecological Economics

    Part III: Threats to Biodiversity
    Chapter 8. Extinction
    Chapter 9. Habitat Loss, Fragmentation, and Degradation
    Chapter 10. Overexploitation
    Chapter 11. Invasive Alien Species
    Chapter 12. Climate Change

    Part IV: Approaches to Conservation
    Chapter 13. Species-Level Conservation
    Chapter 14. Community and Ecosystem Conservation
    Chapter 15. Landscape Scale Conservation
    Chapter 16. Ex Situ Conservation
    Chapter 17. Conservation and Sustainable Development

    Chapter References

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