Conservation Biology: Foundations, Concepts, Applications

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This first edition takes a contemporary, interdisciplinary approach to conservation biology and features vivid illustrations, an engaging writing style, and succinct coverage of the key principles governing conservation.

Conservation Biology focuses on the preservation of worldwide biodiversity through the conservation of habitats and restoration of ecosystems. This text is designed for undergraduates at the junior and senior level, especially those with strong backgrounds in biology. It assumes a basic knowledge of cellular, organismal, and ecosystem functions and characteristics, complemented by a basic understanding of reproductive biology, including the characteristics of DNA and its replication and mutation. It is designed for a one-semester course.

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Fred Van Dyke is a professor of biology at Wheaton College (Illinois). He received his Ph.D. in environmental and forest biology from the College of Environmental and Forest Biology - State University of New York - Syracuse, and has previously served on the faculties of the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies and Northwestern College (Iowa), where he directed Northwestern's program in Environmental Science/Biology. In his non-academic life, Fred has served as a wildlife biologist for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, a cooperative biologist with the U. S. Forest Service, and a consultant to the U. S. National Park Service. His past research efforts have involved the support and cooperation of both government and non-governmental conservation organizations, including the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U. S. Forest Service, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the World Wildlife Fund. Fred is the author of numerous publications on animal home range and habitat use,conservation of animal populations, management of successional processes for habitat conservation and restoration, and conservation values and ethics. Fred and his wife, Linda, reside in Winfield, Illinois, and are the parents of two daughters, Rachel and Liel. They return to the Intermountain West often, where, in addition to Fred's pursuit of ongoing research interests, they enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and backpacking.

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