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Series Preface


Walsh, Stephen J. & Mena, Carlos F. (2014). Series Preface.. Denkinger, Judith & Vinueza, Luis (Eds.) (pp. vii-viii). New York: Springer Science+Business Media.


When we developed the Galapagos Book Series and selected the initial book topics to launch the Series, we hoped that guest editors and authors would conspire to represent important and fascinating elements of the Galapagos Islands early in the Series. While Book #1, “Science and Conservation in the Galapagos Islands: Frameworks & Perspectives,” Stephen J. Walsh and Carlos F. Mena, editors (2013), advocates an interdisciplinary perspective for addressing many of the most compelling challenges facing the Galapagos Islands that extend across the social, terrestrial, and marine subsystems, Book #2, “Evolution from the Galapagos: Two Centuries after Darwin,” Gabriel Trueba and Carlos Montufar, editors (2013), advances our understanding of evolution, a key element of life and adaptation in the Galapagos Islands. Now, Book #3, “The Galapagos Marine Reserve: A Dynamic Social–Ecological System,” Judith Denkinger and Luis Vinueza (2014), addresses the nature of the coupled human–natural system in the Galapagos Islands and describes some of the key factors that affect social and ecological vulnerability, dynamics, and island sustainability. Further, Book #3 includes chapters that describe the mapping and modeling of fundamental features of the Galapagos Marine Reserve, an assessment of Galapagos fisheries and marine mammals, and the marine environments and processes that inspire us.

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Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands


Walsh, Stephen J.
Mena, Carlos F.