Conservation Biology

The Theory and Practice of Nature Conservation Preservation and Management

  • Peggy L. Fiedler
  • Subodh K. Jain

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-xxix
  2. The Natural Order

  3. Processes and Patterns of Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Ted J. Case, Douglas T. Bolger, Adam D. Richman
      Pages 91-125
    3. Peter B. Moyle, Robert A. Leidy
      Pages 127-169
    4. Larry D. Harris, Gilberto Silva-Lopez
      Pages 197-237
    5. Reed F. Noss
      Pages 239-250
  4. The Biology and Genetics of Populations

  5. The Practice of Nature Conservation, Preservation, and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. C. Ronald Carroll
      Pages 347-372
    3. Christine Schonewald-Cox, Marybeth Buechner
      Pages 373-395
    4. G. Ledyard Stebbins
      Pages 453-470
  6. Epilogue

    1. Peggy L. Fiedler, Subodh K. Jain
      Pages 471-481
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 483-N2

About this book


• • • John Harper • • • Nature conservation has changed from an idealistic philosophy to a serious technology. Ecology, the science that underpins the technol­ ogy of conservation, is still too immature to provide all the wisdom that it must. It is arguable that the desire to conserve nature will in itself force the discipline of ecology to identify fundamental prob­ lems in its scientific goals and methods. In return, ecologists may be able to offer some insights that make conservation more practicable (Harper 1987). The idea that nature (species or communities) is worth preserv­ ing rests on several fundamental arguments, particularly the argu­ ment of nostalgia and the argument of human benefit and need. Nostalgia, of course, is a powerful emotion. With some notable ex­ ceptions, there is usually a feeling of dismay at a change in the sta­ tus quo, whether it be the loss of a place in the country for walking or rambling, the loss of a painting or architectural monument, or that one will never again have the chance to see a particular species of bird or plant.


conservation biology ecology nature conservation science

Editors and affiliations

  • Peggy L. Fiedler
    • 1
  • Subodh K. Jain
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologySan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Agronomy and Range ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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