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Experimental Approaches to Conservation Biology
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Experimental Approaches to Conservation Biology

Malcolm Gordon

Abstract

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. The book 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 terres ... More

Keywords: conservation biology, extinction, experimental biologists, species, giant pandas, tree snails, sea turtles, Stellar sea lions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520240247
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240247.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Malcolm Gordon, editor

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Section 1 Introduction

1 Experimental Biology in Conservation Science

Malcolm S. Gordon, and Soraya M. Bartol

Section 2 Conservation of Endangered Species

2 Overview

Gary Burness

4 Multiple Causes for Declining Amphibian Populations

Andrew R. Blaustein, Audrey C. Hatch, Lisa K. Belden, and Joseph M. Kiesecker

5 Energetics of Leatherback Sea Turtles: A Step toward Conservation

David R. Jones, Amanda L. Southwood, and Russel D. Andrews

7 Endocrinology and the Conservation of New Zealand Birds

John F. Cockrem, Dominic C. Adams, Ellen J. Bennett, E. Jane Candy, Emma J. Hawke, Sharon J. Henare, and Murray A. Potter

Section 3 Control or Elimination of Exotic and Invasive Species

10 Overview

Pamela J. Mueller

Section 4 Policy-Related Matters

14 Overview

Anthony C. Steyermark