Austral Ark: New book explores the state of wildlife in Australia and New Zealand

13 March 2015

Australia and New Zealand are home to a remarkable and unique assemblage of flora and fauna. However, by virtue of their long isolation, and a naïve and vulnerable biota, both countries have suffered substantial losses to biodiversity since European contact.

Bringing together the contributions of leading conservation biologists including a range of Macquarie University’s leading academics, Austral Ark presents the special features and historical context of Austral biota, and explains what is being conserved and why.

Edited by Macquarie’s Adam Stow and published by Cambridge University Press, the book highlights Australia and New Zealand’s many historical and contemporary environmental differences as well as commonalities, providing an insight into the threatening processes occurring worldwide as well as the unique conservation problems faced in this region.

“This book really highlights the strengths of Macquarie’s leading conservation biologists,” says Stow. “With contributions from senior scientists including Lesley Hughes, Michelle Leishman, Robert Harcourt, Linda Beaumont, Michael Gillings, David Nipperess, the book has also offered the opportunity for postdoctoral and PhD students to author chapters with these academics, including Paolo Momigliano, Rachael Gallagher and Abigail Cabrelli. It provides a unique big-picture view of the challenges facing Australian biodiversity and conservation.”

The threatening processes occurring worldwide are discussed, along with the unique conservation problems faced at regional level. At the same time, the book highlights many examples of conservation success resulting from the innovative solutions that have been developed to safeguard native species and habitats in both New Zealand and Australia.

Austral Ark fills an important gap regarding wildlife gains and declines, and how best to take conservation forward to keep this extraordinary area of the world thriving.

To arrange an interview with the editors or request a review copy, contact Ebony Henry at Cambridge University Press on (03) 8671 1442 or ehenry@cambridge.edu.au

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Austral Ark presents the special features and historical context of Austral biota, and explains what is being conserved and why.

Austral Ark presents the special features and historical context of Austral biota, and explains what is being conserved and why.

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