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Case Studies in Fisheries Conservation and
Management: Applied Critical Thinking and
Problem Solving. Brian R. Murphy, David
W. Willis, Michelle D. Klopfer, and Brian D.
S. Graeb. 2010. American Fisheries Society,
Bethesda, MD. 252 pp. $50, softcover. ISBN
9781934874189. Through more than 30 original
case studies related to contemporary conservation
and management issues in fisheries,
this new book challenges students to develop
critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that
will serve them as future natural resource professionals.
Intended to encourage students to go
beyond the information level of many science
texts, these case studies have no right answers.
Many of the cases are presented in a dilemma
format, where students are asked to assess information
from a variety of sources, find additional
information as needed, and propose and evaluate
alternative solutions. Cases are approached
from a variety of dimensions (biological, ecological,
political, cultural, and socioeconomic)
and stakeholder perspectives. Spiral binding
allows the book to lie flat for easy reference during
classroom discussions and activities.
Urban and Community Fisheries Programs:
Development, Management, and Evaluation.
Richard T. Eades, J. Wesley Neal, Thomas
J. Lang, Kevin M. Hunt, and Paul Pajak
(Editors). 2008. American Fisheries Society,
Bethesda, MD. 464 pp. $69, hardcover. ISBN
9781934874042. Increasing urban and suburban
human populations and declines in fishing participation
have reawakened an interest in urban
and community fisheries programs. This timely
work contains 40 papers presented at the September
2007 AFS Urban Fishing Symposium.
Chapter authors synthesize current research and
provide real world examples through case study
analysis, review new management techniques,
and offer topic insights. The book will appeal
to fisheries managers, administrators, park
superintendents, academics, researchers, and
Conservation Biology: Evolution in Action.
Scott P. Carroll and Charles W. Fox (Editors).
2008. Oxford University Press, New York, NY.
392 pp. $45, softcover. ISBN 9780195306781.
The main goal of this book is to encourage
and formalize the infusion of evolutionary
thinking into mainstream conservation biology.
It reviews the evolutionary foundations
of conservation issues, and unifies conceptual
and empirical advances in evolutionary conservation
biology. The book can be used either
as a primary textbook or as a supplementary
reading in an advanced undergraduate or graduate
level course—likely to be called Conservation
Biology or perhaps Evolutionary Ecology.
The focus of chapters is on current concepts in
evolution as they pertain to conservation, and
the empirical study of these concepts. The balanced
treatment avoids exhaustive reviews and
overlapping duplication among the chapters.
Little background in genetics is assumed of the
reader. Conservation Biology provides a coherent
academic and conceptual organization for an
evolutionary approach to conservation biology,
for which study materials are currently lacking
and which this volume provides as a foundation
for this rapidly growing subject. Conservation
biology is a rapidly expanding academic field
of study; its main sub-disciplines, ecology and
genetics, need bridging, and evolutionary conservation
biology is their logical and emergent
descendant. The book provides novel, attractive,
and exciting treatments of key topics and issues.
Contributing chapter authors are well-known,
innovative leaders in the field. Suggestions for
further reading direct students to other materials
they should read to familiarize themselves with
the subject. This text cuts across many areas of
environmental biology relevant to the work of
applied biologists and other scientists.
The North American Journals of Prince
Maximilian of Wied. Volume III: September
1833–August 1834. Stephen S. Witte and Marsha
V. Gallagher (Editors). 2012. University of
Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK. 544 pp. $85,
hardcover. ISBN 9780806139241. Few historical
chronicles are as informative and eloquent
as the journals written by Prince Maximilian of
Wied as a record of his journey into the North
American interior in 1833–34, following the
route Lewis and Clark had taken almost thirty
years earlier.Maximilian’s memorable descriptions
of topography, native peoples, natural history,
and the burgeoning fur trade were further
brought to life through the now-familiar watercolors
and prints of Karl Bodmer, the young
Swiss artist who accompanied him. The first
two volumes of the North American Journals
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recount the prince’s journey from Europe to St.
Louis, then up the Missouri some 2500 river
miles to the expedition’s western endpoint, Fort
McKenzie, in what is today Montana. In this
third, and final, volume, Maximilian vividly
narrates his extended stay at Fort Clark (near
today’s Bismarck, ND) and his return journey
eastward across America and on to his home
in Germany. Despite subzero temperatures
and a shortage of food at Fort Clark during the
winter of 1833–1834, Maximilian continued to
study and interview the Mandan and Hidatsa
Indians who lived nearby, recording descriptions
of their social customs, religious rituals,
languages, material culture, and art. This handsome,
oversize volume not only reproduces the
prince’s historic document but also features
every one of his illustrations—nearly 100 in
all, including several in color—from the original
journal, along with other watercolors, now
housed at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.
Publication of these journals, fifty years
in the making and complete with extensive
annotation, opens the 1830s American West to
modern readers in an indispensable scholarly
resource and a work of lasting beauty.
The Legacy of a Red Hills Hunting Plantation:
Tall Timbers Research Station & Land
Conservancy. Robert L. Crawford and William
R. Brueckheimer. 2012. University Press of
Florida, Gainesville, FL. 360 pp. $34.95, hardcover.
ISBN 9780813041483. The Red Hills
region is an idyllic setting filled with Longleaf
Pines that stretches from Tallahassee, FL, to
Thomasville, GA. At its heart lies Tall Timbers,
a former hunting plantation. In 1919, sportsman
Henry L. Beadel purchased the Red Hills
plantation to be used for quail hunting. As was
the tradition, he conducted prescribed burnings
after every hunting season in order to clear out
the thick brush to make it more appealing to
the nesting birds. After the US Forest Service
outlawed the practice in the 1920s, condemning
it as harmful for the forest and its wildlife,
the quail population diminished dramatically.
Astonished by this loss and encouraged by his
naturalist friend Herbert L. Stoddard, Beadel
set his sights on conserving the land in order
to study the effects of prescribed burnings on
wildlife. Upon his death in 1958, Beadel donated
the entire Tall Timbers estate to be used
as an ecological research station. The Legacy of
a Red Hills Hunting Plantation traces Beadel’s
evolution from sportsman and naturalist to conservationist.
Complemented by a wealth of previously
unpublished, rare vintage photographs,
it follows the transformation of the plantation
into what its founders envisioned—a long-term
plot study station, independent of government
or academic funding and control.
Zooplankton of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts:
A Guide to Their Identification and Ecology,
Second Edition. William S. Johnson and Dennis
M. Allen. 2012. Johns Hopkins University
Pres, Baltimore, MD. 472 pp. $50, softcover.
ISBN 9780801881688. Zooplankton are critical
to the vitality of estuaries and coastal waters.
In this revised edition of Johnson and Allen’s
instant classic, readers are taken on a tour of
the miniature universe of zooplankton, including
early developmental stages of familiar and
diverse shrimps, crabs, and fishes. Zooplankton
of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts details the
behavior, morphology, and coloration of these
tiny aquatic animals. Precise descriptions and
labeled illustrations of hundreds of the most
commonly encountered species provide readers
with the best source available for identifying
zooplankton. This second edition has been significantly
updated and includes: an introduction
that orients readers to the diversity, habitats,
environmental responses, collection, history,
and ecological roles of zooplankton; descriptions
of life cycles; illustrations (including 88
new drawings) that identify 340-plus taxa and
life stages; range, habits, and ecology for each
entry located directly opposite the illustration;
and appendices with information on collection
and observation techniques and citations of
more than 1300 scientific articles and books.
It remains an indespenable book for teachers,
students, and professionals in marine biology
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