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Essentials Of Conservation Biology, Fourth Edition

"Essentials of Conservation Biology (Fourth Edition)" combines theory and basic research to explain the connections between conservation biology and environmental economics, education, ethics, law and the social sciences. It is beautifully illustrated and is written in clear, non-technical language. The book's broad, up-to-date coverage and its extensive bibliography with over 1,000 references also make it invaluable to graduate students and researchers. This new edition now comes with a Glossary.

Hardcover: 530 pages

Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc.; 4th edition (June 1, 2006)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 087893720X

ISBN-13: 978-0878937202

Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches

Shipping Weight: 4 pounds

Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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There is no perfect conservaton biology textbook, but this one is probably the best all-around choice for a general introduction to the field. I've just switched to this textbook for my undergraduate Conservation Biology class. I don't know what the 3rd edition was like, but the 2006 4th edition seems very nicely organized and well-written. I've tried 2 other texts for this course and found Hunter & Gibbs to be too oversimplified, while Groom et al. is too advanced for most undergraduates. Groom et al. is a fantastic reference for a professional or grad student, but is just too overwhelming for your average sophomore bio major. Anyway, Primack's 4th edition hits the middle ground exactly right - a lot of good detail, all the key vocabulary, decent coverage of recent developments in the field, clearly written, nice figures, but not too overwhelming. It's organized in 6 major sections: (1) biodiversity (what & where it is), (2) why we should care, (3) why it's vanishing, (4) population biology (how to keep a small pop'n going), (5) practical solutions (reserve design, restoration ecology etc.), and (6) human society. I plan to supplement it with outside readings & a case-study popular book or two, probably Kurlansky's "Cod" for a look at how human history, culture & economics can combine to gradually drive a species under, and Bodsworth's "Last of the Curlews" (the edition with the beautiful illustrations by T.M.Shortt) just for emotional impact and sheer beauty.

This was the primary textbook for a graduate conservation biology course I had. I found the book to be an enjoyable read and thought-provoking. However, the book's organization was at time muddled. A decent introduction to the field of conservation biology, but as a textbook, it falls short.

I find it useable but I wish I had found another book.I've been a biologist for 30 years and I just wanted a more modern textbook for reference. OK, not great.

Great book - easy read. The text and topics are straight forward and not at all convoluted. Good book for getting straight to the point of the topics.

I received my book in within a few days and for a great price!! I bought this book for a conservation biology course.

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