Kl Diversity practical application, it is not conservation biology. Bi- Is the current imprecise nature of conservation biology ological research on an endangered species, for in- typical of an emerging discipline, or is conservation bi- stance, is not conservation biology unless it specitically ology rapidly establishing itself as a well-meaning pseu- addresses conservation planning for that species or the doscience? Why has the convergence of science and ecosystems that support it. Without practical applica- policy proven so confusing to individuals working on the interface? And why are so many conservation biol- tion, that research is population ecology, or plant de- ogists doubtful that their field can contribute anything mography, or whatever it was called before conserva- of value? The confusion prevalent among conservation tion biology came along. Likewise, conservation biology biologists has understandably spread to workers in re- is not environmental activism. While almost all conser- lated fields - witness the recent rash of opinion pieces vation biologists are concerned with and involved in the by wildlife biologists asking who conservation biologists resolution of environmental issues, the practice of con- are, and what it is they do, and how wildlife biologists servation biology ends where science ends and where
Conservation Biology – Wiley
Published: Jun 1, 1990
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