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Biodiversity
Today the world faces the prospect of a devastating mass extinction, as species disappear at a rate that is many times faster than at any previous time in the earth's history.  Finding ways to preserve the planet's rich variety of species is the challenge being taken up by conservation biologists, scientists who use their knowledge of ecology, genetics, and population dynamics to develop strategies for conserving biodiversity based on scientific principles.

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Biodiversity Biodiversity
by E.O. Wilson, National Academ Smithsonian Institution, Frances Peter
Paperback (1989)
This book calls attention to a most urgent global problem: the rapidly accelerating loss of plant and animal species to increasing human population pressure and the demands of economic development. Biodiversity creates a systematic framework for analyzing the problem and searching for possible solutions.

This important book for scientists and nonscientists alike calls attention to a most urgent global problem: the rapidly accelerating loss of plant and animal species to increasing human population pressure and the demands of economic development. Based on a major conference sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution, Biodiversity creates a systematic framework for analyzing the problem and searching for possible solutions.

Biodiversity II : Understanding and Protecting Our Biological Resources Biodiversity II:
Understanding and Protecting Our Biological Resources

by Marjorie Reaka-Kudla, Don Wilson, Edward O. Wilson
Hardcover (1996)
A 10-year update and report on the concerns expressed at a 1986 forum and published in the best-selling by National Academy Press in 1988.   Addresses the research and technological innovations in biodiversity studies, recent scientific findings, and trends in environmental conditions and responses to them. Accessible to non-scientists.
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Conservation and Biodiversity
Paperback (1998)
Conservation and Biodiversity
(Scientific American Library, No 59)

by Andrew Dobson
Hardcover (1996)
Conservation and Biodiversity
Hardcover (1996)
A lively examination of the current state of endangered species management, exploring the economics of different conservation techniques and the practical possibilities for using the environment while sustaining it. Excellent color photographs and maps.
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Genetics and the Extinction of Species: DNA and the Conservation of Biodiversity
Paperback (1999)
Genetics and the Extinction of Species:
DNA and the Conservation of Biodiversity

by Laura Landweber, Andrew Dobson
Hardcover (1999)
Genetics and the Extinction of Species: DNA and the Conservation of Biodiversity
Hardcover (1999)
"Landweber and Dobson have brought together a team of 'heavy hitters' in conservation population genetics to discuss the major questions of their field.   There is a great deal of important writing in this book, some of it controversial, which is bound to generate widespread interest."   Rob DeSalle, American Museum of Natural History

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Principles
    of Conservation Biology Principles of Conservation Biology
by Gary Meffe, Ronald Carroll
Hardcover (1997)
A textbook that provides an extensive overview of the science of conservation biology, for use in conservation biology courses at the advanced undergraduate and early graduate level.   The volume's 18 chapters are grouped in four parts: introductory concepts, population- level concerns, system-level concerns, and practical applications and human concerns.   Assumes a basic background in biology and ecology. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Essentials of Conservation Biology Essentials of Conservation Biology
by Richard Primack
Hardcover (1998)
Primarily a textbook for an undergraduate biology course, but the extensive bibliography could also be useful for graduate students and researchers.   Combines theory and applied and basic research to explain the connections between conservation biology and environmental ethics, law, and the social sciences.   Primack (biology, Boston U.) emphasizes the role that local people, the general public, and governments play in protecting biological diversity.    Updated from the 1993 edition.  Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and Evolution of Dormancy and Germination Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and Evolution of Dormancy and Germination
by Carol Baskin, Jerry Baskin
Hardcover (1998)
This textbook, suitable for ecologists, plant scientists, agriculturists, and foresters, synthesizes a diverse body of knowledge on seed germination with a focus on the two most important functions: dormancy and germination.   Topics covered include the types of dormancy, theories of the relationship between dormancy and germination, the timing of germination, the various factors that control germination, and the general aspects of germination in different sorts of habitats. Book News, Inc..

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Ecosystem Health Ecosystem Health
by David Rapport, Richard Levins, Paul Epstein
Hardcover (1998)
Explains concepts, methods, and applications in the field of ecosystem health, a field exploring the interactions between human activity, social organization, natural systems, and human health, and bridging the gap between public health interests and environmental concerns.   After an introductory section defining ecosystem health, sections cover approaches to assessing ecosystem health, and ecosystem health and sustainability, and offer case studies. From Book News, Inc.
Life Out of Bounds: Bioinvasion in a Borderless World (The Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series Life Out of Bounds:
Bioinvasion in a Borderless World

(The Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series
)
by Chris Bright, Linda Starke
Paperback (1998)
The first general-interest study of the global spread of alien, "exotic" organisms and how they are undermining the world's ecosystems and societies. Worldwatch Institute researcher Chris Bright explains why conservation biologists are raising the alarm about a global threat to biodiversity that is unfolding largely unnoticed-bioinvasion, the spread of alien, "exotic" organisms.

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Alien Invasion: America's Battle With Non-Native Animals and Plants Alien Invasion:
America's Battle With Non-Native Animals and Plants

by Robert Devine
Paperback (1999)

Hardcover (1998)

A foreword by US Secretary of the Interior Babbitt commences this non-technical assessment and call for education before it's too late to counteract the alien invaders from Earth among us.   Lists America's most troublesome species of flora and fauna by region, but lacks any photos of nefarious aliens such as hydrilla or rosy wolfsnail.
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The scope of this book, for reasons of practicality, is limited to the United States but the problem is undoubtedly endemic to the entire planet.   Still the coverage is sufficient to recognize the root causes and these are described.
Life in the Balance: Humanity and the Biodiversity Crisis Life in the Balance:
Humanity and the Biodiversity Crisis

by Niles Eldredge
Hardcover (1998)
Niles Eldredge lays it on the line in this book, which will probably not be read by those who most need to heed its message.    Eldredge maintains that the human conquest of nature is resulting in the sixth mass extinction of life on earth.   If we were coal miners, we'd be ignoring our dead canaries right now.
The New York Times Book Review, Richard Fortey
The story of man's dominion over nature and his subsequent abuse of power cannot be told too often, and Eldredge... has provided one of the most succinct accounts yet.

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