Ecotourism’s Promise and Peril

A Biological Evaluation

Editors: Blumstein, D.T., Geffroy, B., Samia, D.S.M., Bessa, E. (Eds.)

  • Provides a comprehensive summary of the behavioral and ecological impacts of wildlife ecotourism in various contexts
  • Makes science-based evidence on the biological effects of ecotourism accessible to ecotourism managers and practitioners
  • Includes best-practice recommendations on how to reduce negative human impacts
  • Written for a broad audience and illustrated throughout with photographs and helpful infographics
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Intended as a guide for wildlife managers and ecotourism operators, as well as interested ecotourists, this book addresses the biological principles governing how ecotourism affects wildlife. The introductory chapters focus on four key responses to human visitation—behavioral, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary.  Readers will discover ecotourism’s effects on biodiversity in connection with various industries that are habitat or taxonomically specific:  fish tourism (including both freshwater and marine), marine mammal tourism, the huge industry centered on terrestrial animals, and the well-studied industry of penguin tourism.

Given that the costs and benefits of ecotourism cannot be meaningfully assessed without understanding the human context, particular attention is given to how ecotourism has been used as part of community development. In closing, the book synthesizes the current state of knowledge regarding best practices for reducing human impacts on wildlife. The final chapter highlights key research questions that must be addressed to provide more evidence-based guidelines and policy.

About the authors

Daniel T. Blumstein is a Professor at the University of California Los Angeles’ Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. His work involves integrated studies of animal social behavior, animal communication, and antipredator behavior, and has helped develop the field of wildlife conservation behavior. He is the author of over 350 scientific publications and has written or edited six books, including An Ecotourist’s Guide to Khunjerab National Park.
Benjamin Geffroy is a researcher at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) and holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Ecology and Physiology. After postdoctoral work in Brazil on the effects of ecotourism on fish, he joined Ifremer to explore fish reproduction and behavior. His research deciphers the various physiological and behavioral mechanisms that underlie population changes.

Diogo S. M. Samia holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he is investigating the evolutionary mechanisms promoting sexual dimorphism in animals. Much of his work has examined antipredator behavior and he has focused on applying knowledge of animal behavior to wildlife conservation.

Eduardo Bessa is a Zoology Professor and an advisor in the University of Brasília’s Graduate Program in Ecology. His research chiefly focuses on two main areas: understanding reproductive behavior in a range of animal models, especially fish; and applying basic behavioral knowledge to conservation and ecotourism.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Ecotourism’s Promise and Peril

    Blumstein, Daniel T. (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Physiological and Behavioral Consequences of Human Visitation

    Geffroy, Benjamin (et al.)

    Pages 9-27

  • Ecological Consequences of Ecotourism for Wildlife Populations and Communities

    Shannon, Graeme (et al.)

    Pages 29-46

  • Transgenerational Consequences of Human Visitation

    Møller, Anders Pape

    Pages 47-58

  • Impacts of Fish Tourism

    Bessa, Eduardo (et al.)

    Pages 59-72

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58331-0
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58330-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecotourism’s Promise and Peril
Book Subtitle
A Biological Evaluation
Editors
  • Daniel T. Blumstein
  • Benjamin Geffroy
  • Diogo S. M. Samia
  • Eduardo Bessa
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58331-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58331-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-58330-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 185
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour
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