Extinction in Our Times: Global Amphibian Decline

Hardcover | July 1, 2009

byJames P. Collins, Martha L. Crump, Thomas E. Lovejoy III

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For over 350 million years, thousands of species of amphibians have lived on earth, but since the 1990s they have been disappearing at an alarming rate, in many cases quite suddenly and mysteriously. What is causing these extinctions? What role do human actions play in them? What do they tellus about the overall state of biodiversity on the planet? In Extinction in Our Times, James Collins and Martha Crump explore these pressing questions and many others as they document the first modern extinction event across an entire vertebrate class, using global examples that range from the SierraNevada of California to the rainforests of Costa Rica and the Mediterranean coast of North Africa. Joining scientific rigor and vivid storytelling, this book is the first to use amphibian decline as a lens through which to see more clearly the larger story of climate change, conservation ofbiodiversity, and a host of profoundly important ecological, evolutionary, ethical, philosophical, and sociological issues.

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For over 350 million years, thousands of species of amphibians have lived on earth, but since the 1990s they have been disappearing at an alarming rate, in many cases quite suddenly and mysteriously. What is causing these extinctions? What role do human actions play in them? What do they tellus about the overall state of biodiversity o...

James P. Collins is Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Martha L. Crump is Adjunct Professor of Biology at Northern Arizona University and is an active conservationist.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.3 × 6.1 × 0.9 inPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Declining Amphibian Populations and the Biodiversity Crisis2. Rallying Around the Issue of Amphibian Declines3. Challenges, Correlates, and Hypotheses4. Introduced Species, Commerce, and Land Use Change5. Contaminants, Global Change, and Emerging Infectious Diseases6. Unraveling the Mystery7. Amphibian Chytrid Fungus as a Cause of Declines and Extinctions8. How Can Science and Conservation Make a Difference?9. Science Policy and Reacting to a Challenge10. Leaping between MysteriesLiterature Cited