Pages: 180
Subject: Science, Nature
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: Illustrations, map


A Beginner's Guide

John I. Spicer

Biodiversity: A Beginner's Guide combines the most up-to-date scientific thought with a genuine passion for the natural world. John Spicer explores the causes behind the current crisis in biodiversity, and urges us to take steps now to protect and preserve nature's wonders.
9781851684717 (2 Nov 2006)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.95

The Book

Biologist John Spicer shows how closely our future is linked with that of biodiversity while navigating readers through some key problems facing our planet, including mass extinctions, population explosions, habitat destruction, and pollution. Along the way, he provides valuable insight into the impact humans have had upon the earth and its inhabitants, whether efforts such as ecotourism really help, and how scientists and economists calculate the 'value' of biodiversity. Passionately argued, this book is a must for anyone who has an appreciation for nature and wants to understand the real issues at stake in preserving it.

Additional Information

Subject Science, Nature
Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 180
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations Illustrations, map


About the Author

John Spicer is Professor in Marine Biology, University of Plymouth. He is co-author of the best-selling textbook Biodiversity: An Introduction, Blackwell Science, 2003


"Prof Spicer spells out the chilling message in a new book -- Biodiversity: A Beginner's Guide -- the findings of which have been backed by respected scientists from the United Nations, Yale University and the Eden Project."

- Herald, the

Interview with John Spicer entitled 'My Fight For Planet' was published.

- Herald, the

"Will appeal to intelligent non-specialists and may provide the incentive to study the subject in greater depth"

- Journal of Biological Education