Tony Povilitis

Life Net Nature, USA

Dr. Povilitis directs Life Net Nature, a nonprofit organization devoted to community-based conservation and improved public policies toward wildlife and nature. Tony pioneered studies of the endangered huemul deer leading to protected areas in Chile. As a professor, he developed international and U.S. field programs for university students in biology, landscape ecology, ecosystem management, and wilderness education. Tony has worked with natural resource agencies, non-profit organizations, and threatened species recovery teams in the U.S. and internationally. He has written numerous scientific papers, reports, and articles on subjects including coral reef conservation, wild carnivore recovery, climate change and biodiversity, human impacts on ecosystems, natural areas policy, and conservation planning. Tony’s academic training included entomology, forestry, public health, and wildlife biology. He is a grassland inhabitant of southern Arizona, USA

Tony Povilitis

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Conservation biology is called a "crisis discipline." In a world undergoing rapid change, this science informs us about research, technologies, management practices, and policies that can help protect the earth's naturally-occurring biological diversity. The six chapters of this book provide insightful analysis on managing protected areas (Middle East), conserving biochemical and genetic diversity of carob tree (Tunisia) and wild pear (Japan), determining the health status of Amazon manatee, manipulating sex ratios to benefit wildlife, and narrowing the gap between religion and conservation. The authors approach threats to biological diversity from varied angles, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the field. This book offers room for reflection on the definition and utility of the word 'natural' on a planet now overwhelmingly dominated by people.

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