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What Is Conservation Biology?: A new synthetic discipline addresses the dynamics and problems of perturbed species, communities, and ecosystems

abstract1 (full description below): BioScience, Vol. 35, No. 11, The Biological Diversity Crisis. (Dec., 1985), pp. 727-734.
Conservation Biology. PDF/Acrobat file     SoulĂ©, M. E.

Introduction: Conservation biology, a new stage in the application of science to conservation problems, addresses the biology of species, communities, and ecosysiems that are perturbed, either directly or indirectly, by human activities or other agents. Its goal is to provide principles and tools for preserving biological diversity. In this article I describe conservation biology, define its fundamental propositions, and note a few of its contributions. I also point out that ethical norms are a genuine V part of conservation biology, as they are in all mission- or crisis-oriented disciplines.