Primary and secondary effects of habitat alteration / Joseph C. Mitchell and Michael W. Klemens -- Human use of turtles: a worldwide perspective / John Thorbjarnarson [and others] -- Disease and health considerations / Joseph Flanagan -- Conservation of marine turtles / Anne B. Meylan and David Ehrenfeld -- Conservation of river turtles / Edward O. Moll and Don Moll -- Conservation of freshwater turtles / Vincent J. Burke, Jeffrey E. Lovich, and J. Whitfield Gibbons -- Conservation of tortoises and terrestrial turtles / James McDougal -- Genetics and demography in turtle conservation / James P. Gibbs and George D. Amato -- Manipulation of turtle populations for conservation: halfway technologies or viable options? / Richard A. Seigel and C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr. -- From information to action: developing more effective strategies to conserve turtles / Michael W. Klemens. "Turtle Conservation provides a comprehensive analysis of threats to turtles and tortoises worldwide. Considering the most significant problems facing the group, Michael Klemens and eighteen international experts on turtle biology and conservation chart successes and failures of past conservation programs, discuss the use of genetics and demography in turtle conservation, and propose more effective strategies that take into account chelonian biology as well as the economic and social situations affecting turtle conservation efforts. They review the outlook for marine, freshwater, semi-aquatic, and terrestrial species; show how turtles make poor candidates for most wild-harvest programs; and propose that turtle and tortoise conservation efforts be integrated into more broadly focused, locally supported land-use projects." "For land and wildlife managers as well as herpetologists and conservation biologists, this book provides a wide-ranging survey of efforts to conserve one of the world's most ancient and endangered groups."--Jacket.