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Front materials [PDF - 135 KB]
Introduction Navjot S. Sodhi and Paul R. Ehrlich [PDF - 181 KB]
  1. Conservation biology: past and present Curt Meine [PDF - 268 KB]
  2. Biodiversity Kevin J. Gaston [PDF - 420 KB]
  3. Ecosystem functions and services Cagan H. Sekercioglu [PDF - 373 KB]
  4. Habitat destruction: death by a thousand cuts William F. Laurance [PDF - 643 KB]
  5. Habitat fragmentation and landscape change Andrew F. Bennett and Denis A. Saunders [PDF - 348 KB]
  6. Overharvesting Carlos A. Peres [PDF - 273 KB]
  7. Invasive species Daniel Simberloff [PDF - 1,694 KB]
  8. Climate change Thomas E. Lovejoy [PDF - 195 KB]
  9. Fire and biodiversity David M. J. S. Bowman and Brett P. Murphy [PDF - 748 KB]
  10. Extinctions and the practice of preventing them Stuart L. Pimm and Clinton N. Jenkins [PDF - 352 KB]
  11. Conservation planning and priorities Thomas Brooks [PDF - 520 KB]
  12. Endangered species management: the US experience David. S. Wilcove [PDF - 294 KB]
  13. Conservation in human-modified landscapes Lian Pin Koh and Toby A. Gardner [PDF - 681 KB]
  14. The roles of people in conservation C. Anne Claus, Kai M. A. Chan, and Terre Satterfield [PDF - 346 KB]
  15. From conservation theory to practice: crossing the divide Madhu Rao and Joshua Ginsberg [PDF - 470 KB]
  16. The conservation biologist’s toolbox – principles for the design and analysis of conservation studies Corey J. A. Bradshaw and Barry W. Brook [PDF - 289 KB]

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Oxford University Press makes conservation biology textbook by some of the world's most prominent ecologists and conservation biologists available as free download

Conservation Biology for All provides cutting-edge but basic conservation science to a global readership. A series of authoritative chapters have been written by the top names in conservation biology with the principal aim of disseminating cutting-edge conservation knowledge as widely as possible. Important topics such as balancing conversion and human needs, climate change, conservation planning, designing and analyzing conservation research, ecosystem services, endangered species management, extinctions, fire, habitat loss, and invasive species are covered. Numerous text boxes describing additional relevant material or case studies are also included.

The global biodiversity crisis is now unstoppable; what can be saved in the developing world will require an educated constituency in both the developing and developed world. Habitat loss is particularly acute in developing countries, which is of special concern because it tends to be these locations where the greatest species diversity and richest centers of endemism are to be found. Sadly, developing world conservation scientists have found it difficult to access an authoritative textbook, which is particularly ironic since it is these countries where the potential benefits of knowledge application are greatest. There is now an urgent need to educate the next generation of scientists in developing countries, so that they are in a better position to protect their natural resources.

  • Provides an invaluable toolkit for a large and under-resourced audience of students in developing nations
  • Includes contributions from the top names in conservation biology who have contributed specific "hot topics" including tropical deforestation, invasive species, climate change, and ecosystem functioning
  • Addresses the key issues in conservation biology, clearly stating the challenges but also offering solutions

"If a book could receive a standing ovation - this one is a candidate. Sodhi and Ehrlich have created a comprehensive introduction to conservation biology that is accessible intellectually, and financially, to a broad audience - indeed it is conservation biology for all . The quality and clarity of the writing makes this book an invaluable asset to the conservationist's toolbox."--Ecology

Conservation Biology for All is a textbook that aims to be a one-stop shop for conservation education. The book is packed with information, is wide ranging, and includes most emerging issues that come under the umbrella of conservation biology today. Does the book live up to its "for all" title? In it entirety it does, and I challenge any reader not to find something useful and relevant in it."--Trends in Ecology and Evolution

About the Editors

Navjot S. Sodhi is currently a Professor of Conservation Ecology at the National University of Singapore. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada). He has been studying the effects of rain forest loss and degradation on Southeast Asian fauna and flora for over 13 years. He has published over 100 scientific papers in international and regional scientific journals such as Nature, Science, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Annual Review of Ecology, Conservation Biology, Biological Conservation, and Biodiversity and Conservation. He has written/edited several books/monographs such as Tropical Conservation Biology (2007, Blackwell). He has also spent time at Harvard University as a Bullard Fellow (2001-02) and Hardy Fellow (2008-09) where he now holds an adjunct position. He currently (or has been) is an Associate Editor/Editor of prestigious journals such as Conservation Biology, Biological Conservation, Animal Conservation, the Auk and Biotropica.

Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and professor of biology at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. His research has ranged from the evolution of DDT resistance in fruit flies, the theory of systematics, the dynamics of butterfly populations, and the behavior of birds and reef fishes to the conservation of mammal populations and human cultural evolution. He is co-founder of the field of coevolution. He is the author or co-author of over 40 books, and some 1000 scientific papers and articles. Ehrlich is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and past president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and a recipient of numerous international honors, including the Crafoord Prize (given by the Royal Swedish Academy as an explicit equivalent of a Nobel in fields where the Nobel is not given) and a MacArthur "genius award".

Other authors

Andrew F. Bennett
Barry W. Brook
Brett P. Murphy
C. Anne Claus
Cagan H. Sekercioglu
Carlos A. Peres
Clinton N. Jenkins
Corey J. A. Bradshaw
Curt Meine
Daniel Simberloff
David M. J. S. Bowman
David. S. Wilcove
Denis A. Saunders
Joshua Ginsberg
Kai M. A. Chan
Kevin J. Gaston
Lian Pin Koh
Madhu Rao
Stuart L. Pimm
Terre Satterfield
Thomas Brooks
Thomas E. Lovejoy
Toby A. Gardner
William F. Laurance

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The authors published Conservation Biology for All in a free and open access format in an effort to make conservation knowledge available to as many people as possible.

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