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Bellevue University Faculty Member Publishes Book on Conservation Sociology

Bellevue University Assistant Professor and Program Director of Sociology, Jon Dahlem, published a book conservation sociology has needed for a while now. 

Dahlem wrote his book with the focus on the Island Marble Butterfly. The butterfly was thought extinct for nearly a century before it was rediscovered. The book calls on environmental sociologists to participate in conservation initiatives and to study conservation as a social phenomenon. 

This book tries to pave a way toward more sociological focus on and engagement with conservation initiatives by naming, defining, and describing what I call ‘conservation sociology’,” said Dahlem. “Environmental sociology is still a young discipline, and we haven't yet deeply explored the underlying social causes and consequences of biodiversity loss and species extinction.”

Dahlem goes on to explain that species extinction is practically inevitable but in earth's history there have also been short periods during which extinction rates have been extremely high. Scientists believe we have now reached a point in the development of human civilization at which we are causing a sixth rapid extinction event to occur, through habitat destruction, the introduction of non-native species, global heating, and other environmental byproducts of human systems of production and consumption.

Dahlem obtained his Doctorate in Sociology from Washington State University and through his research explores the underlying causes of socio-political inertia toward solving urgent environmental problems like climate change and biodiversity loss.

The Good, Green Gold of Spring: A Conservation Sociology of the Island Marble Butterfly is available on Amazon.

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