Study Guide for Principles of Conservation Biology
(3rd Edition by Groom, Meffe, and Carroll)


Below are questions to guide your reading of each chapter. The text has up-to-date coverage of the major topics in conservation biology and has many fascinating examples of conservation problems and programs that are attempting to solve these problems. The purpose of this guide is to give you an idea of the level of detail we expect you to extract from the text so that you don't get bogged down in detail. The chapter guides are posted as htm files so that you can download them and change the spacing to accommodate your notes on each section. In addition to the questions below, be sure that you understand terms that are in bold in your text. The best way to read the text is a few pages at a time. It is so rich in ideas and examples that you will have brain overload if you try to read too much at once!! I wish we had more time in class to discuss many of the topics in the text. Come see the TA (if we have one) or me if you want to talk about a particular issue that we don't cover in class.

In some chapters, I have included questions for you to think about (Thought questions) that may not specifically be covered in the text.

Happy reading!! Lyn.

Chapter 1. What is conservation biology?

Chapter 2. Global biodiversity: Patterns and processes

Chapter 3. Threats to biodiversity

Chapter 6. Habitat degradation and loss

Chapter 7. Habitat fragmentation

Chapter 8. Overexploitation

Chapter 9. Species invasions

Chapter 12. Species and landscape approaches to conservation

Chapter 13. Ecosystem approaches to conservation: Responses to a complex world

Chapter 14. Protected areas: Goals, limitations, and design

Chapter 18. Meeting conservation challenges in the 21st century