- Includes case studies and interviews with prominent conservation scientists to help situate key concepts in a real world context
- Covers a broad range of topics including: the fate of the coral reefs; the impact of agriculture, urbanization, and logging on habitat depletion; and the effects of fire on plants and animal survival
- Highlights conservation successes in the region, and emphasizes the need to integrate social issues, such as human hunger, into a tangible conservation plan
- Documents the current state of the field as it looks for ways to predict future outcomes and lessen human impact
“Sodhi et al. have done a masterful job of compiling a great deal of literature from around the tropical realm, and they have laid out the book in a fruitful and straightforward manner…I plan to use it as a reference and as supplemental reading for several courses and I would encourage others to do the same.” Ecology, 90(4), 2009, pp. 1144–1145
1. Diminishing habitats in regions of high biodiversity.
2. Invaluable losses.
3. Broken homes: tropical biotas in fragmented landscapes.
4. Burning down the house.
5. Alien invaders.
6. Human uses and abuses of tropical biodiversity.
7. Threats in three dimensions: tropical aquatic conservation.
8. Climate change: feeling the tropical heat.
9. Lost without a trace: the tropical extinction crisis.
10. Lights at the end of the tunnel: conservation options and challenges.