In recognition of the United Nations’ declaration of 2010 as the ‘International Year of Biodiversity’, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) has included a special section on the biodiversity in its September 2010 issue of Biotropica.
The section includes 16 commentaries assembled by Jaboury Ghazoul, an ecologist at ETH Zurich and Editor-in-Chief of Biotropica. The editorials cover a wide range of issues relating to biodiversity, including:
- Between a Pristine Myth and an Impoverished Future Charles R. Clement and André B. Junqueira
- Evaluating Tropical Biodiversity: Do We Need a More Refined Approach? Anne E. Magurran and Helder Queiroz
- Hope for Tropical Biodiversity through True Bioliteracy Daniel H. Janzen
- Biodiversity Mapping: The ‘John Gould’ Component of Tropical Biology John T. Longino
- Rain Forest Conservation in a Tribal World: Why Forest Dwellers Prefer Loggers to Conservationists Vojtech Novotny
- Saving Slash-and-Burn to Save Biodiversity Christine Padoch and Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez
- Tropical Biodiversity in Human-Modified Landscapes: What is our Trump Card? Marcelo Tabarelli
- Global Mapping of Ecosystem Disservices: The Unspoken Reality that Nature Sometimes Kills us Robert R. Dunn
- Significance of Biodiversity to Health Christopher N. Herndon and Rhett A. Butler
- Will Tropical Biodiversity Survive our Approach to Global Change? Hans Ter Steege
- Is There Enough Science for Conservation Action? Ramanan U. Shaanker and Kotiganahalli N. Ganeshaiah
- Purity and Prejudice: Deluding Ourselves About Biodiversity Conservation Douglas Sheil and Erik Meijaard
- Conservation in Low-Governance Environments Douglas W. Yu, Taal Levi and Glenn H. Shepard
- A Government’s Perspective on Safeguarding Biodiversity: The Seychelles Experience Didier Dogley
- Let’s Not Forget the Biodiversity of the Cities Ariel E. Lugo
- Diamonds or Dragonflies? A Question of Reshaping Societal Values Jaboury Ghazoul
Many of the editorials are freely accessible via the Biotropica web site.
In support of the issue, ATBC has created a special page with biographies of the authors.
The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation is the world’s largest scientific organization devoted to the study and wise use of tropical ecosystems.