SREL Reprint #2687




Societal Values and Attitudes: Their History and Sociological Influences on Amphibian Conservation Problems

J. Whitfield Gibbons

University 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. . . .

SREL Reprint #2687

Gibbons, 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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