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Rick Shine Harry W. Greene
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Cane Toad Wars

Rick Shine Harry W. Greene


California Uni Pr Academc

Mathematics & Sciences;
Wildlife: reptiles & amphibians


288 pages

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In 1935, an Australian government agency imported 101 specimens of the Central and South American Cane Toad in an attempt to manage insects that were decimating sugar-cane harvests. In Australia the Cane Toad adapted and evolved with abandon, voraciously consuming native wildlife and killing predators with its lethal skin toxin. Today, hundreds of millions of Cane Toads have spread across the northern part of Australia and continue to move westward. The humble Cane Toad has become a national villain.

Cane Toad Wars chronicles the work of intrepid scientist Rick Shine, who has been documenting the toad's ecological impact in Australia and seeking to buffer it. Despite predictions of devastation in the wake of advancing toad hordes, the author's research reveals a more complex and nuanced story. A firsthand account of a perplexing ecological problem and an important exploration of how we measure evolutionary change and ecological resilience, this book makes an effective case for the value of long-term natural history research in informing conservation practice.

By:   Rick Shine
Foreword by:   Harry W. Greene
Imprint:   California Uni Pr Academc
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   15
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   590g
ISBN:   9780520295100
ISBN 10:   0520295102
Series:   Organisms and Environments
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   March 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Rick Shine is Professor of Biology at the University of Sydney. He has published more than a thousand scientific papers on the ecology of reptiles and amphibians, and he has received a host of national and international awards for his research.

This is a wonderful book, both entertaining and enlightening, while also revealing the entire story of a conservation disaster and an impressive run of basic and applied biology. --Herpetological Review (06/01/2018) This is a delightful book full of science, management, Australian humour, and a tremendous amount of information about cane toads. And in the end it is optimistic! --The International Journal of Conservation .. .a rollicking good read - written with a wry, self-deprecating humour, but deadly serious about understanding the biology of this organism and its place in the landscape. --Australian Book Review An impressive body of research. --Conservation Biology This engaging firsthand account account tells the personal story of Professor Shine's lifetime of research into cane toads and how rigorous natural history studies can effectively inform conservation policies and practices. Professor Shine also makes a strong argument in support of that (apparently) most quaint of scientific practices: field work. -- (01/23/2019) This is a gripping narrative, recounted by a scientist with a natural flair for story-telling. --iHerp Australia (02/01/2019)

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