Thursday, January 20, 2011

What Jeff Harvey reads

Eli asked Jeff Harvey for some suggested places to start learning about the biodiversity crisis and Jeff sent Eli some suggestions

More:
* Wright, S.J. and Muller-Landau, H.C. (2006) The future of tropical forest species. Biotropica 38, 287—301 (pdf)
Google Scholar provides an enhanced reading list
* Wright, S.J. and Muller-Landau, H.C. (2006) The uncertain future of tropical forest species. Biotropica 38, 443—445 (pdf)
* Brook, B.W. et al. (2006) Momentum drives the crash: mass extinction in the tropics. Biotropica 38, 302—305 (pdf)
* Gardner, T.A. et al. Predicting the uncertain future of tropical forest species in a data vacuum. Biotropica 39 25-30 (pdf)
* Laurance, W.F. (2006) Have we overstated the tropical biodiversity crisis?. TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution 22 65-70(pdf)
Blogs:
Open lit fans will note that the biodiversity community appears to have AAcrobat versions of most papers available to read, and Google Scholar appears to be able to pick them up. Enjoy your reading. Jeff will, hopefully participate in the discussion.

So be sure to Read More. You heard Eli.

8 comments:

Barry Brook said...

The blog of my friend and colleague, Prof Corey Bradshaw, also covers this topic in details:

http://conservationbytes.com

Anonymous said...

Hey Jeff:

Would I just be better off picking up an Earth First pamphlet and watching the vid of the crying zombies in the forest rather than buying all those text books, as I would think ecology, or rather the "new ecology" being taught/propaganized is pretty much the same thing no?

Doncha love the wailing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roFB7bGCAgc

dhogaza said...

"I would think ecology, or rather the "new ecology" being taught/propaganized is pretty much the same thing no?"

The science of ecology is several pay grades above you, unfortunately.

Tom Fuller's on record over at Kloor's stating that E.O. Wilson and other ecologists/biologists just make shit up ... and have admitted it to the press. Of course, as of last night he was unable to provide a source for said confession but I thought Harvey might enjoy it.

Or Jeff might want to over to collide-a-scape and beat Kloor up for agreeing with Fuller's assessment with the state of the biosphere, water resources, etc ("everything's hunky-dory!").

Penguindreams said...

A book I've heard good things about and is relevant is Ghost Bears by R. Edward Grumbine.

No, he's not me (or vice versa). Just that with our names being as similar as they are, I've gotten mail from people complimenting his book.

a_ray_in_dilbert_space said...

Clownshoe asks, "Would I just be better off picking up an Earth First pamphlet..."

I suspect only if it had lots of pictures and simple declarative sentences printed in large text and featured you favorite protagonists Dick and Jane.

Anonymous said...

Dlibert:

Are you from Northern Cal?

a_ray_in_dilbert_space said...

Anonymous,
No, I'm from your nightmares, sweetie.

Nils Simon said...

I can also recommend the Global Biodiversity Outlook 3, published in 2010 by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity; Stuart H.M. Butchart et al., Global Biodiversity: Indicators of Recent Declines, in: Science, 328 (2010) 5982, pp. 1164–1168; in comparison to that you might want to check Nigel E. Stork, Re-assessing current extinction rates, in: Biodiversity and Conservation, 19 (2010) 2, S. 357–371; and of course The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) - if you got some time to spare, that is.