Conservation biology is now one for the most dynamic disciplines in the life sciences. William Sutherland and his international team of authors have therefore selected many of the liveliest topics where key advances are currently being made. They stores ideas and also point to unresolved issues and possible future developments. As conservation is an applied subject, emphasis is given to action throughout
Biodiversity (Kevin J Gaston).
Extinction (Stuart L Pimm).
Introductions (H Charles J Godfray and Michael J Crawley).
Pollutants and pesticides (Ian Newton).
Sustainable and unsustainable exploitation (William J Sutherland and John D Reynolds).
Small and declining populations (Daniel Simberloff).
Metapopulation, source–sink and disturbance dynamics (Martha F Hoopes and Susan Harrison).
Implications of historical ecology for conservation (Oliver Rackham).
Selecting areas for conservation (Colin J Bibby).
Managing habitats and species (William J Sutherland).
Economics of nature conservation (Nick Hanley).
Conservation education (Susan K Jacobson and Mallory D McDuff).
Conservation policy and politics (Graham Wynne).
Conservation and development (William M Adams).