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Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa

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John W. Wilson, North Carolina State University

Richard B. Primack

Copyright Year: 2019

ISBN 13: 978-1-78374-752-8

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • 1. What is Conservation Biology?
  • 2. Introduction to Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 3. What is Biodiversity?
  • 4. Why Should We Protect Biodiversity?
  • 5. The Scramble for Space
  • 6. Our Warming World
  • 7. Pollution, Overharvesting, Invasive Species, and Disease
  • 8. Extinction Is Forever
  • 9. Applied Population Biology
  • 10. Conserving Ecosystems
  • 11. Preventing Extinctions
  • 12. Biodiversity and the Law
  • 13. The Importance of Protected Areas
  • 14. Conservation on Unprotected Lands
  • 15. An Agenda for the Future

About the Book

Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa comprehensively explores the challenges and potential solutions to key conservation issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Easy to read, this lucid and accessible textbook includes fifteen chapters that cover a full range of conservation topics, including threats to biodiversity, environmental laws, and protected areas management, as well as related topics such as sustainability, poverty, and human-wildlife conflict. This rich resource also includes a background discussion of what conservation biology is, a wide range of theoretical approaches to the subject, and concrete examples of conservation practice in specific African contexts. Strategies are outlined to protect biodiversity whilst promoting economic development in the region.

 

About the Contributors

Authors

John W. Wilson is a conservation biologist interested in solving the dynamic challenges of a changing world. He received his BSc and MSc from Pretoria University, and his PhD from North Carolina State University. He has over 15 years of experience with conservation across Africa. As a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow, he studied interactions between habitat loss and climate change in West Africa. He also spent 13 months on uninhabited Gough Island, a World Heritage Site in the South Atlantic, where he combatted invasive species. Beyond that, he has studied individual organisms, populations, and natural communities across Southern, East, Central, and West Africa. His work has covered pertinent topics such as conservation planning, population monitoring, protected areas management, translocations, ecological restoration, and movement ecology in savannahs, grasslands, forests, wetlands, and agricultural systems. His love for nature also dominates his free time; he has contributed over 50,000 observation records to the citizen science platforms eBird and iNaturalist, which he also helps curate.

Richard B. Primack is a Professor of Biology, specializing in plant ecology, conservation biology, and tropical ecology. He is the author of three widely used conservation biology textbooks; local co-authors have helped to produce 36 translations of these books with local examples. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biological Conservation, and served as President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. His research documents the effects of climate change on plants and animals in the Eastern U.S.A., and is often featured in the popular press.