Hardcover: 530 pages
Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc.; 4th edition (June 1, 2006)
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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