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Primate communities.Artist/Author: Fleagle, J. G. et al.
Comprehensive and unique volume exploring the differences and similarities between primate communities worldwide.
Although the behaviour and ecology of primates have been more thoroughly studied than that of any other group of mammals, there have been very few attempts to compare the communities of living primates found in different parts of the world. In Primate communities, an international group of experts compares the composition, behaviour and ecology of primate communities in Africa, Asia, Madagascar and South America. They examine the factors underlying the similarities and differences between these communities, including their phylogenetic history, climate, rainfall, soil type, forest composition, competition with other vertebrates and human activities. As it brings together information about primate communities from around the world for the very first time, it will quickly become an important source book for researchers in anthropology, ecology and conservation, and a readable and informative text for undergraduate and graduate students studying primate ecology, primate conservation or primate behaviour.
Galapagos: preserving Darwin’s legacy.Artist/Author: De Roy, Tui.
This sumptuous large-format book was first produced in 2009 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Charles Darwin Foundation on Galapagos. The book comprises a series of invited essays under the editorship of world-renowned photographer and long-term Galapagos resident, Tui de Roy, who has also provided most of the photographs. The authoritative essays cover the entire spectrum of Galapagos wildlife including the marine environment, unique vegetation such as sunflower trees as well as wildlife including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions and the Galapagos finches that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution. This new edition has significant updates to a number of chapters including brand new photography and information about scientific developments elsewhere and a new jacket.
Seal.Artist/Author: Dickenson, Victoria.
Reaktion Animal Series. From swimming alongside our boats to lurking alone in the shadowy waters of remote seas, seals have long interacted with humans and played a part in our history. In this book, Dickenson explores the natural and cultural history of an animal that has piqued and delighted human interest since ancient times, from their role in Roman spectacles to their frequent inhabitation of animal rescue centers today. Seals, sea lions, fur seals and walruses are so distinctive that biologists have classified them as members of a single order, the Pinnipedia, yet our relationship with each distinctive seal species varies. We have for centuries hunted some seals for their skin, oil and meat. In the twentieth- and twenty-first century the hunt has become a focus for global protest, and the white-furred baby seal has evolved into one of the most powerful symbols for animal welfare. Some species, like the Mediterranean monk seal, are among the most endangered mammals in the world. Others, who live far from human habitation, number in the millions. The seals living closer to our societies have become wrapped in our myths and legends: there are tales of seals who have sought out human society, following the sound of children’s voices, or the music of the pipe and flute; and there are darker stories of selkies and other seal-like creatures that take on human shape for purposes of both good and ill.
Richly illustrated and accessibly written, Seal offers an immersive view of a much-loved, storied creature.
Advances in reintroduction biology of Australian and New Zealand fauna.Artist/Author: Armstrong, Doug P. et al.
This book is a timely review of our understanding of translocation from an Australasian perspective, ensuring translocation becomes an increasingly effective conservation management strategy in the future. Written by a range of experts, including reintroduction practitioners, researchers and policy makers, the book includes extensive practical advice and example case studies, identifies emerging themes and suggests future directions. Topics include: key questions in reintroduction biology; population establishment; prey naivety; disease management; dispersal; the roles of trials and experiments; modelling projections; assisted colonisation; population interchange; genetic diversity; disease management; metapopulation dynamics; reintroduced species as ecological engineers; the contributions of sanctuary networks and zoos; and extensive insights from reintroduction programs. This book is aimed at conservation practitioners and researchers, as well as conservation management agencies and NGOs. Although it is based on Australasian examples, it will be of interest globally due to synergies with reintroduction programs throughout the world.
Ten commitments revisited: securing Australia’s future environment.Artist/Author: Lindenmayer, David, Stephen Dovers and Steve Morton, editors.
What are the 10 key issues that must be addressed urgently to improve Australia’s environment?
In this follow up to the highly successful book Ten commitments: reshaping the lucky country’s environment , now out of print], Australia’s leading environmental thinkers have written provocative chapters on what must be done to tackle Australia’s environmental problems in terms of policies, onground actions and research.
Chapters are grouped into ecosystems, sectors and cross-cutting themes. Topics include: deserts, rangelands, temperate eucalypt woodlands, tropical savanna landscapes, urban settlements, forestry management, tropical and temperate marine ecosystems, tropical rainforests, alpine ecosystems, freshwater ecosystems, coasts, islands, soils, fisheries, agriculture, mining, grazing, tourism, industry and manufacturing, protected areas, Indigenous land and sea management, climate change, water, biodiversity, population, human health, fire, energy and more.
This is a must read for politicians, policy makers, decision makers, practitioners and others with an interest in Australia’s environment.
Coastal conservation.Artist/Author: Maslo, Brooke and Julie L. Lockwood, editors.
Coastal ecosystems are centres of high biological productivity, but their conservation is often threatened by complex environmental factors. Citing examples from the major littoral habitats around the world, such as sandy beaches, salt marshes and mangrove swamps, this text characterises the biodiversity of coastline environments and highlights important aspects of their management and preservation, aided by the analysis of key representative species. Leaders in the field provide reviews of the foremost threats to coastal networks, including the effects of climate change, invasive species and major pollution incidents such as oil spills. Further discussion underscores the intricacies of measuring and managing coastline species in the field, taking into account the difficulties in quantifying biodiversity loss due to indirect cascading effects and trophic skew. Synthesising the current state of species richness with present and projected environmental pressures, the book ultimately establishes a research agenda for implementing and improving conservation practices moving forward. Also available in hardcover [stock id 36629].
The sixth extinction: an unnatural history.Artist/Author: Kolbert, Elizabeth
Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions of life on earth. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. Elizabeth Kolbert combines brilliant field reporting, the history of ideas and the work of geologists, botanists and marine biologists to tell the gripping stories of a dozen species – including the Panamanian golden frog and the Sumatran rhino – some already gone, others at the point of vanishing. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy and Elizabeth Kolbert’s book urgently compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
Going, going, gone: 100 animals and plants on the verge of extinction.Artist/Author: [Various].
We asked 100 conservation groups around the world: ‘if you could pick one species that epitomises your work, which would it be?’ From the RSPB to WWF to the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and many, many more, the answers came rolling in. Each provided a synopsis of the threats faced by their selected species, a summary of their degree of threat, an outline of the work being done to save them, and a number of ways in which the reader could help to conserve that species. With beautiful full-page photographs of each of the 100 species, this is a book that will both fascinate and educate and, hopefully, help to secure the future of the threatened animals and plants that it showcases.
Common ground on hostile turf: stories from an environmental mediator.Artist/Author: Moore, Lucy.
As an environmental mediator, Lucy Moore has spent the past quarter century resolving conflicts that appeared utterly intractable. Here, she shares the most compelling stories of her career, offering insight and inspiration to anyone caught in a seemingly hopeless dispute. Moore has worked on wide-ranging issues – from radioactive waste storage to loss of traditional grazing lands. More importantly, she has worked with diverse groups and individuals: farmers, environmental activists, government agencies, corporations, tribal groups, and many more. Through ten memorable stories, she shows how issues of culture, personality, history, and power effect environmental negotiations. This book should be especially appealing to students in environmental studies, political science, and conflict resolution; academics and professionals in mediation and conflict resolution fields; and anyone concerned with environmental conflicts. Also available in hardcover [stock id 36231].
Ignoring nature no more: the case for compassionate conservation.Artist/Author: Bekoff, Marc, editor.
In this book, Marc Bekoff and a host of renowned contributors argue that we need a new mind-set about nature, one that centres on empathy, compassion, and being proactive. This collection of diverse essays is the first book devoted to compassionate conservation, a growing global movement that translates discussions and concerns about the well-being of individuals, species, populations, and ecosystems into action. Written by leading scholars in a host of disciplines, including biology, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, political science, and philosophy, as well as by locals doing fieldwork in their own countries, the essays combine the most creative aspects of the current science of animal conservation with analyses of important psychological and sociocultural issues that encourage or vex stewardship. Taken together, the essays make a strong case for why we must replace our habits of domination and exploitation with compassionate conservation if we are to make the world a better place for nonhuman and human animals alike.
Corridors to extinction and the Australian megafauna.Artist/Author: Webb, Steve.
It is a commonly held belief that the megafauna extinctions were caused by humans. Extinctions such as the Moa, Steller’s Sea Cow, the Dodo, Great Auk and countless other species great and small, all attributed to human agency. Therefore, the megafauna were humans’ first great impact on the planet. There is now an increasing realization that the ‘blitzkrieg’ view of these extinctions may have been wrong. A growing body of evidence and long-term field work is beginning to show that at least Australia’s megafauna did not succumb to human agency, not because humans probably did not hunt the odd animal but because of the climatic conditions of the Quaternary Ice Ages and the affect they had on continental geography, environment, climate and, most importantly, the biogeography of the megafauna. This book presents the evidence of this theory, demonstrating the biogeographic approach to Australia’s megafauna extinction. It is written clearly to benefit a diverse level of readers, from those with a passing interest to professionals in the field. It examines future climate change and its effects on the planet by looking at examples buried in the past. It presents new evidence from extensive field research.
Essential readings in wildlife management and conservation.Artist/Author: Krausman, Paul R. and Bruce D. Leopold, editors.
Prepared by two of the leading figures in wildlife biology, this book gathers in one volume the most influential articles published in the field. Paul R. Krausman and Bruce D. Leopold have collected together forty-two papers that every wildlife student should read. Each piece is introduced with a commentary that explains why it is important and a brief listing of papers that inspired or were inspired by the classic. Practical and conceptual topics consider every aspect of the wildlife profession, including ethics. This text is divided into four sections: the philosophical roots of wildlife management, biology, habitat, and human dimensions.