Values and Attitudes: Their
History and Sociological Influences on Amphibian Conservation Problems
of Georgia, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Drawer E, Aiken, SC 29802
For more than a decade, the loss of biodiversity (Gore 1992; Wilson 1992),
especially in the context of species richness or of selected species,
has been a prevalent issue of concern among environmentalists and today
is the impetus for most applied ecological research. Reports on biodiversity
losses have focused on declines in specific taxonomic groups, including
mollusks (Hallac and Marsden 2001), spiders (Horton et. al. 2001), and
reptiles (Gibbons et al. 2000), as well as on environmental priciples
or processes, such as river ecology (Ward and Tockner 2001), forest management
(Noss 2001, or the ecology of small isolated wetlands (Semlitsch 2000b).
Hence the loss of biodiversity has become a central and overriding theme
of conservation biology. . . .
J. W. 2003. Societal Values and Attitudes: Their History and Sociological
Impact on Amphibian Conservation Problems. pp. 214-227 In: R. D.
Semlitsch (Ed.). Amphibian Conservation. Smithsonian Institution Press.
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