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The Kingdom of Rarities

The Story of America's Eastern National Forests

By Eric Dinerstein

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Format: Hardcover, 312 pages, 2nd Edition
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United States, 22 January 2013
"The Kingdom of Rarities" presents a new context for understanding rarity and its implications, both for our understanding of how the natural world works and for what it can teach us about protecting biodiversity during a time of large-scale environmental change. Using cutting-edge science from remote outposts around the world, award-winning author Eric Dinerstein animates the key questions that scientists are asking themselves about why some species are so abundant and others not. What are the rarest species and why are they most likely to be found in certain types of environments? Which species have always been rare, and which have only recently been made rare? Which should we seek to protect most? Throughout, Dinerstein explores rarity as a central principle within conservation biology, advancing both our understanding of the natural world and inspiring the creation of new tools and technologies that can help us add to our knowledge and design more effective conservation strategies. He focuses on real-time threats to biodiversity, from climate change to habitat fragmentation, and draws on his long and distinguished scientific career to illuminate the concept of rarity for readers across the spectrum of scientific knowledge.

About the Author

Eric Dinerstein is Chief Scientist with the World Wildlife Fund, where he has spent the past 24 years working to save rare species globally. He began his career in 1975 studying tigers in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer and later served as a postdoctoral fellow with the Smithsonian Institution studying rhinoceroses predators.

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""The Kingdom of Rarities" is a rarity itself, a book whose author is so in command of his material that you don't realize how much you're learning; you're too caught up in the adventure of it all."--Carl Safina "Author of"Song for the Blue Ocean" " ""The Kingdom of Rarities"is a rarity itself, a book whose author is so in command of his material that you don't realize how much you're learning; you're too caught up in the adventure of it all."--Carl Safina "Author of "Song for the Blue Ocean" "" -Eric Dinerstein has given us a clear and expert account of a subject of increasing importance for the twenty-first century. The world is filling up with humans and species made rare--to whom we most urgently must devote more of our attention.---Edward O. Wilson -University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University - -In colorful prose that conjures up the rich spell of each landscape, Dinerstein takes us along on exhilarating expeditions that crisscross the globe and travel deep into the heart of rare species, while sharing his own rare expertise and a luminous sense of wonder.---Diane Ackerman, author of -The Zookeeper's Wife- -Why are jaguars rare, despite being South America's most powerful predator? Why, indeed, are most species rare? How can rare species exert a big effect on the landscape's structure and function? If you, too, are open to the fascination that rare animals hold for adventure travelers and passionate ecologists, you'll love the romance and exciting science that this book offers.---Jared Diamond -Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Professor of Geography, UCLA - "In colorful prose that conjures up the rich spell of each landscape, Dinerstein takes us along on exhilarating expeditions that crisscross the globe and travel deep into the heart of rare species, while sharing his own rare expertise and a luminous sense of wonder."--Diane Ackerman, author of "The Zookeeper's Wife" "Eric Dinerstein has given us a clear and expert account of a subject of increasing importance for the twenty-first century. The world is filling up with humans and species made rare--to whom we most urgently must devote more of our attention."--Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University "Why are jaguars rare, despite being South America's most powerful predator? Why, indeed, are most species rare? How can rare species exert a big effect on the landscape's structure and function? If you, too, are open to the fascination that rare animals hold for adventure travelers and passionate ecologists, you'll love the romance and exciting science that this book offers."--Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Professor of Geography, UCLA "The Kingdom of Rarities is a rarity itself, a book whose author is so in command of his material that you don't realize how much you're learning; you're too caught up in the adventure of it all."--Carl Safina, Author of "Song for the Blue Ocean" -The Kingdom of Rarities is a rarity itself, a book whose author is so in command of his material that you don't realize how much you're learning; you're too caught up in the adventure of it all.---Carl Safina -Author of Song for the Blue Ocean - "Eric Dinerstein's engaging new book [is a] . . . zoological travelogue, observing rare species across the planet and contemplating, as he does so, why rarity is profoundly important for our understanding of nature and our efforts to conserve it."--Stuart Pimm ""Nature" " "Dinerstein's book offers a kaleidoscopic and highly entertaining picture of some of the world's most remote and diverse ecological hotspots."--Adam Federman ""Earth Island Journal" " "This is a truly fascinating and entertaining read--and a quick one as it is rather hard to put it down once you've started into it--and will no doubt have you looking at rare species in a whole new light, questioning what we really know of them, what their ecological roles truly are, and what might be done to preserve them in a way that is meaningful to their role in the local and global ecosystem."--Jaymi Heimbuch ""Treehugger" " "Eric Dinerstein's engaging new book [is a]...zoological travelogue, observing rare species across the planet and contemplating, as he does so, why rarity is profoundly important for our understanding of nature and our efforts to conserve it."--Stuart Pimm ""Nature" "

EAN: 9781610911955
ISBN: 1610911954
Publisher: Island Press
Dimensions: 23.11 x 15.49 x 3.05 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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