The Rise of Conservation Biology

Origins of Conservation

  • Premodern societies 
  • First game and nature reserves 
  • Foundations of forest conservation 
  • Foundation of the “national park” 
  • Intellectual foundations in the United States 
  • Box 2.1 Success Story: Marine Protected Areas 

Contemporary Conservation Biology 

  • Formation of conservation biology as a discipline 
  • The conservation biology explosion 
  • Core principles and values of conservation 
  • Box 2.2 Challenges & Opportunities: Two views of the Functional Postulates (Core Principles) and the Normative Postulates (Core Values) of Conservation Biology

Structured Decision Making 

  • Box 2.3 Conservation in Practice: Structured Decision Making (SDM)
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