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Conservation Biology

L. Lens and H. Eggermont

in Ecology

ISBN: 9780199830060
Published online May 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199830060-0072
Conservation Biology

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Conservation biology is defined as a “mission-oriented crisis discipline” studying the nature and status of Earth’s biodiversity, with the aim to understand, protect, and perpetuate biological diversity at all scales and all levels of biological organization. The discipline is tied closely to ecology in researching the dispersal, migration, demographics, effective population size, inbreeding depression, and minimum population viability of rare or endangered species. Yet, conservation biology is an interdisciplinary subject, not only drawing on various biological sciences (ecology, genetics, evolutionary biology, etc.), but also on social sciences, economics, and conservation policy. The principles underlying each of these disciplines have immediate implications for the management of species and ecosystems, captive breeding and reintroduction, genetic analyses, and habitat restoration.

Article.  11175 words. 

Subjects: Applied Ecology (Environmental Science) ; Ecology and Conservation ; Plant Ecology ; Zoology and Animal Sciences

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