For over 350 million years, thousands of species of amphibians have lived on earth, but since the 1990s they have been disappearing at an alarming rate, in many cases quite suddenly and mysteriously. What is causing these extinctions? What role do human actions play in them? What do they tell us about the overall state of biodiversity on the planet? In Extinction in Our Times, James Collins and Martha Crump explore these pressing questions and many others as they document the first modern extinction event across an entire vertebrate class, using global examples that range from the Sierra Nevada of California to the rainforests of Costa Rica and the Mediterranean coast of North Africa. Joining scientific rigor and vivid storytelling, this book is the first to use amphibian decline as a lens through which to see more clearly the larger story of climate change, conservation of biodiversity, and a host of profoundly important ecological, evolutionary, ethical, philosophical, and sociological issues.
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Author Biography - James P. Collins
James P. Collins is Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Martha L. Crump is Adjunct Professor of Biology at Northern Arizona University and is an active conservationist. Books by the same authors: Herpetology |a F. H. Pough, Robin M. Andrews, John E. Cadle and Martha L. Crump Reproductive Strategies in a Tropical Anuran Community |a Martha L. Crump Global Amphibian Extinctions: The Mysterious Environmental Die-Off |a James P. Collins and Martha L. Crump Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities in Inclusive Settings |a Martha L. Crump, Sandra Alper, Diane Lea Ryndak Headless Males Make Great Lovers: And Other Unusual Natural Histories |a Marty Crump and Alan Crump In Search of the Golden Frog |a Marty Crump and Martha L. Crump