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Time and Complexity in Historical Ecology: Studies in the Neotropical Lowlands

by William Balee & Clark L. Erickson Columbia University Press (June 22, 2006)

This collection of studies by anthropologists, botanists, ecologists, and biologists is an important contribution to the emerging field of historical ecology. The book combines cutting-edge research with new...


Working Forests in the Neotropics: Conservation through Sustainable Management?

by Daniel J. Zarin, Janaki R. R. Alavalapati, Frances E. Putz & Marianne Schmink Columbia University Press (December 29, 2004)

-- Thomas Lovejoy, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment


Social-Ecological Resilience and Law

by Ahjond S. Garmestani & Craig R. Allen Columbia University Press (February 25, 2014)

Environmental law envisions ecological systems as existing in an equilibrium state, or a “balance of nature,” reinforcing a rigid legal framework unable to absorb rapid environmental changes and innovations...


Nature in Fragments: The Legacy of Sprawl

by Elizabeth A. Johnson & Michael W. Klemens Columbia University Press (October 05, 2005)

This new collection focuses on the impact of sprawl on biodiversity and the measures that can be taken to alleviate it. Leading biological and social scientists, conservationists, and land-use professionals...


Indians, Markets, and Rainforests: Theoretical, Comparative, and Quantitative Explorations in the Neotropics

by Ricardo Godoy Columbia University Press (August 01, 2001)

This book addresses two important and related questions: does participation in a market economy help or hurt indigenous peoples and how does it affect the conservation of tropical rainforest flora and fauna?...


Our Forest, Your Ecosystem, Their Timber: Communities, Conservation, and the State in Community-Based Forest Management

by Nicholas K. Menzies Columbia University Press (May 15, 2007)

Community-based forest management (CBFM) is a model of forest management in which a community takes part in decision making and implementation, and monitoring of activities affecting the natural resources around...


People, Plants, and Justice: The Politics of Nature Conservation

by Charles Zerner Columbia University Press (July 18, 2000)

In an era of market triumphalism, this book probes the social and environmental consequences of market-linked nature conservation schemes. Rather than supporting a new anti-market orthodoxy, Charles Zerner and...


Emulating Natural Forest Landscape Disturbances: Concepts and Applications

by Ajith H. Perera, Lisa J. Buse & Michael G. Weber Columbia University Press (January 11, 2008)

What is a natural forest disturbance? How well do we understand natural forest disturbances and how might we emulate them in forest management? What role does emulation play in forest management? Representing...


Trading the Genome: Investigating the Commodification of Bio-Information

by Bronwyn Parry Columbia University Press (September 29, 2004)

In a groundbreaking work that draws on anthropology, history, philosophy, business and law, Parry links firsthand knowledge of the operation of the bioprospecting industry to a sophisticated analysis of broader...


Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies

by Margo DeMello Columbia University Press (August 21, 2012)

Human–animal studies explores human–animal relations and the place of animals within human social and cultural worlds. Considering that much of human society is structured through its interaction with non-human...


People in Nature: Wildlife Conservation in South and Central America

by Kirsten M. Silvius, Richard E. Bodmer & Jose M. V. Fragoso Columbia University Press (December 14, 2004)

This book reviews wildlife management and conservation in Central and South America. The book discusses the threats to biodiversity in this area including habitat fragmentation, development, ranching, tourism...


Applying Nature's Design: Corridors as a Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation

by Anthony B. Anderson & Clinton N. Jenkins Columbia University Press (January 11, 2006)

The fragmenting of habitats is endangering animal populations and degrading or destroying many plant populations throughout the world. To address this problem, conservationists have increasingly turned to biological...


Adaptive Governance: Integrating Science, Policy, and Decision Making

by Ronald Brunner, Toddi A. Steelman, Lindy Coe-Juell & Christina M. Cromley et al. Columbia University Press (August 10, 2005)

Drawing on five detailed case studies from the American West, the authors explore and clarify how to expedite a transition toward adaptive governance and break the gridlock in natural resource policymaking....


Extinction Studies

by Matthew Chrulew, Deborah Bird Rose, Thom van Dooren & Cary Wolfe Columbia University Press (May 02, 2017)

Extinction Studies asks what extinction means to diverse global communities. Essays focus on the entangled ecological and social dimensions of extinction, exploring the ways in which this event catastrophically...


Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems

by D. I. Jarvis, Christine Padoch & H. D. Cooper Columbia University Press (May 29, 2007)

Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems takes a look at how farmers manage, maintain, and benefit from biodiversity in agricultural production systems. The volume includes the most recent research...


The Return of the Unicorns: The Natural History and Conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros

by Eric Dinerstein & George B. Schaller Columbia University Press (June 25, 2003)

Since 1984, Eric Dinerstein has led the team directly responsible for the recovery of the greater one-horned rhinoceros in the Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal, where the population had once declined to...


Life at the Zoo: Behind the Scenes with the Animal Doctors

by Phillip T. Robinson Columbia University Press (September 08, 2004)

Please Do Not Annoy, torment, pester, plague, molest, worry, badger, harry, persecute, irk, bullyrag, vex, disquiet, grate, beset, bother, tease, nettle, tantalize or ruffle the Animals.—sign at zoo

Since the...


The Man Who Built the Sierra Club: A Life of David Brower

by Robert Wyss Columbia University Press (June 07, 2016)

David Brower (1912–2000) was a central figure in the modern environmental movement. His leadership, vision, and elegant conception of the wilderness forever changed how we approach nature. In many ways he was...


Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence

by Timothy Morton Columbia University Press (April 12, 2016)

Timothy Morton argues that ecological awareness in the present Anthropocene era takes the form of a strange loop or Möbius strip, twisted to have only one side. Deckard travels this Oedipal path in Blade Runner...


Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future

by Jeffrey T. Kiehl Columbia University Press (March 01, 2016)

Facing Climate Change explains why people refuse to accept evidence of a warming planet and shows how to move past partisanship to reach a consensus for action. A climate scientist and licensed psychotherapist,...