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Professor Adrian Newton publishes a new book

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Cover picture Professor Adrian Newton publishes a new book  

Forest Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques by Adrian C. Newton

Publisher: Oxford University Press (11 May 2007); 480 pages. ISBN-10: 0198567448; ISBN-13: 978-0198567448

Announcing publication of a new book as part of the Techniques in Conservation series published by Oxford University Press. The publisher also has a scheme by which instead of distributing profits to the author, free copies are sent to researchers or practitioners in developing countries. If anyone wishes to nominate somebody to receive such a copy, please let me know by emailing

Forest conservation has become one of the most important environmental issues currently facing humanity, as a result of widespread deforestation and forest degradation. Pressures on remaining natural forests continue to intensify, leading to high rates of biodiversity loss. Understanding how human activities influence ecological processes within forests is essential for developing effective conservation action. This book describes research methods and techniques relevant to understanding forest ecology, with a particular focus on those that are relevant to practical conservation and sustainable forest management. This information is currently disparate and difficult to locate and, as with other books in this series, the intention is to provide a comprehensive synthesis for use by graduate students, researchers and practising conservationists. Methods are presented for assessing forest extent and condition, structure and composition, and forest dynamics at a variety of scales. Techniques for assessing genetic variation and reproductive ecology, and for evaluating the habitat value of forests are also described. Particular emphasis is given to state-of-the-art techniques such as remote sensing, GIS, computer modelling and molecular markers. However, traditional methods of forest mensuration and ecological survey are also presented. The methods and techniques described are generally applicable to all forest types, including both temperate and tropical forest ecosystems.