[UCP Books]: Science, Conservation, and National Parks

“A monumental capstone to the US National Park Service centennial with a very timely and unique historical perspective. . . . Conservation scholars, conservation practitioners, and land managers all over the world will be interested in its content and lessons. Compelling.”
—William B. Monahan, USDA Forest Service and formerly of the US National Park Service

Science, Conservation, and National Parks is an exciting contribution that will be of interest to park managers around the world. . . . This is an eclectic, enjoyable mix of literature reviews, personal experience and case studies, and practical advice from authors who are indubitably leaders.”
—Eleanor J. Sterling, Chief Conservation Scientist, Center for Biodiversity & Conservation,
American Museum of Natural History


Science, Conservation, and National Parks
Edited by Steven R. Beissinger, David D. Ackerly, Holly Doremus, and Gary E. Machlis

Domestic Publication Date: 31 January 2017 | International Publication Date: 27 February 2017
416 pages | 51 halftones, 13 tables | 6 x 9 | ISBN-13: 978-0-226-42300-5 | Paper $45.00/₤31.50


Even as the US National Park Service marked its centennial in 2016, parks and protected areas worldwide were under increasing threat from a variety of factors, including storms and fires of greater severity, plant and animal extinctions, the changing attitudes of an increasingly urbanized public, and the political pressures of narrow special interest groups. And as we enter 2017, these threats show no signs of abating. In this book, an extraordinary collection of contributors looks to the past to explore the major challenges of the world’s parks and protected areas in the coming century, answering such key conservation questions as: How should stewardship address climate change, urban encroachment and pollution, and invasive species? How can society, especially youth, become more engaged with nature and parks, and are there models to guide interactions between parks and their neighbors? What are appropriate conservation objectives for parks in the Anthropocene? Inspirational and authoritative, Science, Conservation, and National Parks aims to secure a future for protected areas that will push forward the frontiers of biological, physical, and social science in and for parks.

Steven R. Beissinger is professor of conservation biology in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is coeditor of Population Viability Analysis, also published by the University of Chicago Press. David D. Ackerly is professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and an associate curator in the Jepson Herbarium at the University of California, Berkeley. Holly Doremus is the James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and coauthor of Water War in the Klamath Basin: Macho Law, Combat Biology, and Dirty Politics. Gary E. Machlis is university professor of environmental sustainability at Clemson University and science advisor to the director of the National Park Service.

Please contact Nicholas Lilly at 773.702.7490 or nlilly@uchicago.edu for more information.


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