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Essentials of Conservation Biology [Hardcover]

Richard B. Primack
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15 Aug 2002
This volume combines theory and applied and basic research to explain the connections between conservation biology and environmental economics, ethics, law, and the social sciences. This third edition stresses the need for theory, research, and an interdisciplinary approach in solving conservation problems. Written in clear, non-technical language this book is suitable for undergraduate biology students, as well as students in other disciplines. Its extensive bibliography with over 1000 references also makes it appropriate for graduate students and researchers.

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  • Hardcover: 660 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S.; 3rd Revised edition edition (15 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878937196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878937196
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 18.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 916,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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RICHARD B. PRIMACK, Boston University, USA.

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Popular interest in protecting the world's biological diversity-including its amazing range of species, its complex biological communities, and the genetic variation within species-has intensified during the last few decades. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, enjoyable and inspiring 1 Jun 2007
By A. Rice
I borrowed this book from the library at my university to help me study for my Ecology finals and particularly a module "The Management and Conservation of Biological Resources". I was amazed at how accessible this book is and yet it treats all topics with depth and gives useful further reading. There are many examples given which are are highly relevant, varied and interesting.
The topics which I found most useful were for revising Island Biogeography theory; ex situ conservation; and small populations. The book covers all aspects of extinctions in depth and encourages further reading.
Also the book has regional variations so that the copy bought in the UK has British examples (eg about Kew Gardens) along with the international ones. I really enjoyed revising for this module just because of this book as it inspired me to read more, and find the primary papers that he refers to. I only wish that I'd found the previous editions earlier in my degree course. I highly recommend this edition as it is extremely current. I got a first in the final year module for which I used this book mainly I think because this book renewed my enthusiasm for my degree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conservation in a nutshell 12 Jun 2013
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Excellent book, covers every needed aspect of CB and a bit more. A great read and essential citations for any assessment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars book 7 Mar 2013
By anon
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it does exactly what it says on the description for the product, can't really say much more than that in all fairness
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good aspirant to became a Classic Text 6 Sep 2000
By A Customer
This books is a very good option, for the student and for the teacher, very well structured and in a comprehensive language. I think that with the time it should became a Classic Text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4th edition is very good, readable, ideal for undergrads 7 Oct 2008
By Kathleen Hunt - Published on
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, but muddled 27 Dec 2005
By Fire Ecologist - Published on
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.
2.0 out of 5 stars Below average 3 Aug 2013
By RH - Published on
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Service 9 Aug 2012
By lmy7 - Published on
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I received my book in within a few days and for a great price!! I bought this book for a conservation biology course.
4.0 out of 5 stars Conservation Biology 10 Jun 2010
By Pannone - Published on
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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.
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