University Press of Kansas, Octavo, paperback,
A lucid account of how the Endangered Species Act came about, why it is so controvsersial, and what it holds for the future.
University Press of Kansas, Octavo, paperback,
Outlines the environmental, social and economic values of the rivers from a diverse range of perspectives.
Water is scarce in the Lake Eyre Basin in the heart of Australia. The region goes through natural cycles of boom and bust, and the flooding of the basin rivers is accompanied by spectacular responses from wildlife and vegetation. However, the Lake Eyre Basin faces the threat of diversion of water from rivers and wetlands and development of floodplains for irrigation and mining. Around the world, such water resource developments have caused widespread degradation of rivers and loss of habitats.
Lake Eyre Basin Rivers outlines the environmental, social and economic values of the rivers from a diverse range of perspectives, including science, tourism, economy, engineering, policy, Traditional Owners and pastoralists. It describes the current state of the environment and the past and ongoing threats to the river systems, drawing on stories from the Murray-Darling Basin. It also provides direction for ensuring that the rivers remain free-flowing to service the environment and future generations.
This book is a valuable reference for environment and government agencies, industries and policy-makers concerned with the region and will be of interest to the communities of the Lake Eyre Basin.
Population ecology has grown to become a sophisticated science with astonishing potential for contributing solutions to wildlife conservation and management challenges. Despite this, much of the applied power of wildlife population ecology remains untapped because its broad sweep across disparate subfields has been isolated in specialized texts. In this book, Mills covers the full spectrum of applied wildlife population ecology, including genomic tools for non-invasive genetic sampling, predation, population projections, climate change and invasive species, harvest modeling, viability analysis, focal species concepts, and analyses of connectivity in fragmented landscapes. With a readable style, analytical rigor, and hundreds of examples drawn from around the world, this book provides the conceptual basis for applying population ecology to wildlife conservation decision-making. Although targeting primarily undergraduates and beginning graduate students with some basic training in basic ecology and statistics (in majors that could include wildlife biology, conservation biology, ecology, environmental studies, and biology), the book will also be useful for practitioners in the field who want to find – in one place and with plenty of applied examples – the latest advances in the genetic and demographic aspects of population ecology. Also available in hardcover [stock id 34800].
A detailed snapshot of the condition of Australia’s remarkable plants, wildlife and their living landscapes. It explains the main threats to species and what’s being done to address them, provides an intriguing insight into law and politics and suggests what else must happen to slow the fast decline of our natural heritage. From the perspective of a female biologist and advocate with extensive experience in front line conservation, the book outlines the history of change to Australia’s environment and explains why so many plants and animals are now on a downward slide to extinction. Many familiar factors – the loss of native habitat, the introduction of foreign plants and animals and the impacts of agriculture and excessive development among them – continue to challenge our native species and much is already being done to help them. But too much of this action does not deal with the causes. With a distinctly polemic slant, this book examines what the main conservation approaches are, how these are affected by law and politics, who holds the power, and why the strongest lobby group in the country, its forces of concerned individuals, are so far failing to play their vital role in the conservation battle.
About the author
Nicola Markus has worked as a zookeeper, science educator, wildlife consultant, lobbyist and freelance writer for international nature magazines Newton, Geo and International Wildlife. In the 1990s she based her PhD on research on the flying fox, followed by five years as species program manager with WWF-Australia. Her first book, Wild Australia, a collaboration with wildlife photographer Theo Allofs, was published in 2006. Since completing On our watch, she has taken on the role of Chief Conservation Officer with Bush Heritage Australia.
Traces the evolution of zoos from the private menageries of the ancient world to the corporatised organisations of today. An informative, ground-breaking study of the modern zoo.