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We are living in the early stages of a looming worldwide extinction crisis. Abundant evidence shows that the current rate of species extinctions is nearing its highest level since the asteroid collision 65 million years ago, and that humans are largely responsible. This book addresses the urgent need to understand and find solutions to this crisis. Written by an international team of contributors who are among the best-known and most active experimental biologists working in the field of conservation biology today, it provides a unique approach by focusing on individual species rather than whole plant and animal communities. Emphasizing throughout how conservation biology can benefit from an experimental approach, the book looks at a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic species—from giant pandas and tree snails to sea turtles and Steller sea lions—and demonstrates what can be done both to preserve rare species and to combat invasive organisms. Finally, contributors show how we can bridge the gap between policy makers and research scientists in order to develop lasting solutions to these problems.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Section 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Experimental Biology in Conservation Science
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. Section 2. Conservation of Endangered Species
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 2. Overview
  2. pp. 11-15
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  1. 3. Contributions of Ex Situ Propagation and Molecular Genetics to Conservation of Hawaiian Tree Snails
  2. pp. 16-34
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  1. 4. Multiple Causes for Declining Amphibian Populations
  2. pp. 35-65
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  1. 5. Energetics of Leatherback Sea Turtles: A Step toward Conservation
  2. pp. 66-82
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  1. 6. Experimental Strategies for the Recovery of Depleted Populations of West Indian Rock Iguanas
  2. pp. 83-100
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  1. 7. Endocrinology and the Conservation of New Zealand Birds
  2. pp. 101-121
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  1. 8. Conservation of Australian Arid-Zone Marsupials: Making Use of Knowledge of Their Energy and Water Requirements
  2. pp. 122-131
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  1. 9. The Population Decline of Steller Sea Lions: Testing the Nutritional Stress Hypothesis
  2. pp. 132-146
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  1. Section 3. Control or Elimination of Exotic and Invasive Species
  2. pp. 147-148
  1. 10. Overview
  2. pp. 149-153
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  1. 11. Tipping the Balance in the Restoration of Native Plants: Experimental Approaches to Changing the Exotic:Native Ratio in California Grassland
  2. pp. 154-179
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  1. 12. Using Natural Experiments in the Study of Alien Tree Invasions: Opportunities and Limitations
  2. pp. 180-201
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  1. 13. Biological Control in Support of Conservation: Friend or Foe?
  2. pp. 202-238
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  1. Section 4. Policy-Related Matters
  2. pp. 239-240
  1. 14. Overview
  2. pp. 241-243
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  1. 15. The Army and the Desert Tortoise: Can Science Inform Policy Decisions?
  2. pp. 244-268
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  1. 16. Integrating Experimental Research with the Needs of Natural-Resource and Land Managers: Case Studies from Australia and New Zealand
  2. pp. 269-281
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  1. 17. Making Wildlife Research More Meaningful by Prioritizing Science, Linking Disciplines, and Building Capacity
  2. pp. 282-297
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  1. 18. African National Parks under Challenge: Novel Approaches in South Africa May Offer Respite
  2. pp. 298-322
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  1. Systematic Index
  2. pp. 323-330
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 331-343
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520930636
Related ISBN
9780520240247
MARC Record
OCLC
56713888
Pages
358
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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