The Law of the Wild: An Ecologist’s Life (ordering details)

An inspiring story about an extraordinary ecologist that has changed the world for wildlife and people. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, biodiversity scientist, entrepreneur and former President of Mauritius

An amazing man whose exploits have blazed the way for others. Tim Coles OBE, Operation Wallacea and Trust founder

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Previously published … The Ecology of Animal Movement Swingland, IR, Greenwood, PG (editors) (Oxford University Press, 1983) In this collection the editors’ aim has been to concentrate on current and fundamental problems in movement, to stimulate interest by enabling the authors to put forward new ideas in a well-reasoned and coherent way. They have concentrated on two questions: ‘Why move?’ and ‘What are the consequences?’. The book is thus not concerned with the mechanisms or with terminology but with the ultimate ecological and evolutionary principles of movement.

Living in a Patchy Environment Shorrocks, B and Swingland, IR (editors) (Oxford University Press, 1990) This book examines the effects of environmental heterogeneity (patchiness) in populations of plants and animals. In contrast to a once-prevailing view that environmental variation can be averaged-out over a population without losing any of the essential dynamics, the contributors to this volume explore various kinds of patchiness – in space, in time, in climatic conditions, in food and other resources, in exposure to predators and parasites – and find that such heterogeneities often play a significant role in structuring large populations, especially in lessening the risk of total extinction.

Integrated Protected Area Management Walkey, M, Swingland, IR and Russell, S.(editors) (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999) Protected areas have become an increasingly important tool both in the conservation of biodiversity and in revenue generation through sustainable use. This is the only sure way to guarantee the protection necessary for many species, habitats and ecosystems in the future. Integrated Protected Area Management features contributions that consider the design, management and sustainable use of these regions. Three principal aspects are considered:

  • the theory and practice of designation
  • community-based conservation and the concept of sustainability
  • identifying priorities for management.

The emphasis throughout is on the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to planning and the active involvement of all stakeholders in decision-making processes as a means of ensuring long-term sustainability.

Capturing carbon and conserving biodiversity: the market approach Swingland IR (editor), (Royal Society-Earthscan, 2003) For decades conservation has been based on the donor-driven principle. It hasn’t worked. For centuries, environmental pollution or degradation has been addressed by the same attitude: the ‘Polluter Pays’ principle. That hasn’t worked either. The cycle has to stop. But while everyone talks about using a market-driven approach, few know how to do it. Faced with the situation on the ground what do you do? What is happening? How can you engage a system so that it is self-sustaining and the people self-motivated? This study explores how the growing market in carbon can help to conserve carbon-based life forms. It discusses how reducing global warming and saving biodiversity can both be achieved with the right market conditions. The contributors include conservation biologists, ecologists, biologists, economists, lawyers, community and tribal specialists, financial specialists, market makers, environment specialists, climatologists, resource managers, atmospheric scientists, project developers and corporate fund managers.

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Journal Articles

Savage, G & Swingland, IR 1969. Positively reinforced behaviour and the forebrain in the goldfish. Nature 221: 878-879. Swingland, IR 1975. The influence of weather and individual interactions on the food intake of captive rooks (Corvus frugilegus). Physiological Zoology 48: 295-302.

Swingland, IR 1976. The influence of light intensity on the roosting times of the rook (Corvus frugilegus). Animal Behaviour 24:154-158.

Swingland, IR 1977. The social and spatial organisation of winter communal roosting in rooks (Corvus frugilegus). J. Zool Lond. 182: 509-528.

Swingland, IR 1977. Reproductive effort and life history strategy of the Aldabran giant tortoise. Nature 269: 402-404.

Swingland, IR and Coe, M 1978. The natural regulation of giant tortoise populations on Aldabra Atoll. Reproduction. J. Zool Lond. 186: 285-309.

Swingland, IR and Coe, M 1979. The natural regulation of giant tortoise populations on Aldabra Atoll. Recruitment. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 286:177-188.

Coe, M, Bourne, D and Swingland, IR 1979. The biomass, production and carrying capacity of giant tortoises on Aldabra. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 286:163-176.

Swingland, IR and Lessells, CM 1979. The natural regulation of giant tortoise populations on Aldabra Atoll: movement polymorphism, reproductive success and mortality. J. Anim. Ecol. 48:639-654.

Swingland, IR and Gould, M 1980. The tortoise and the goat: interactions on Aldabra Island. Biol. Cons. 17: 267-279.

Swingland, IR, North, P and Parker, M 1981. What determines individual movement patterns in tortoises? Amphibia & Reptilia 47:13-14.

Swingland, IR 1984. The ecology of the Mediterranean tortoise: a long term study.  Br Vet Zool Soc 17,12-14.

Stubbs, D, Hailey, A, Pulford, E and Swingland, IR 1985. The ecology of a Mediterranean tortoise (Testudo hermanni) in Greece: the effects of a catastrophe on population structure and density. Biol. Cons. 31: 125-152.

Stubbs, D and Swingland, IR 1985. The ecology of a Mediterranean tortoise (Testudo hermanni):a declining population. Can. J. Zool. 63: 169-180.

Swingland, IR and Stubbs, D 1985. The ecology of a Mediterranean tortoise (Testudo hermanni): reproduction. J. Zool. Lond. 205: 595-610.

Swingland, IR 1987. The ecology and conservation of Aldabran giant tortoises. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 8, 108-115.

Frank, SA and Swingland, IR 1988. Sex ratio under conditional sex expression. J. Theor. Biol.135: 415-418.

Swingland, IR, North, PM, Dennis, A and Parker, MJ 1989. Movement patterns and morphometrics of giant tortoises. J. Anim. Ecol. 58: 971-985.

Rashid, SMA and Swingland, IR 1990. Interim Report on the Freshwater Turtle Trade in Bangladesh. Asiatic Herpetological Research 3: 123-128.

Oatham, MP, Nicholls MK and Swingland IR 1995. Manipulation of vegetation communities on the Abu Dhabi rangelands. I The effects of irrigation and release from long-term grazing. Biodiv. and Cons. 4: 696-709.

Oatham, MP, Nicholls MK and Swingland IR 1995.  Manipulation of vegetation communities on the Abu Dhabi rangelands. II The effects of topsoiling and drip irrigation. Biodiv. and Cons. 4: 710-718.

Goodwin, H & Swingland IR 1996. Ecotourism, biodiversity and local development. Biodiv. and Cons., 5: 275-277.

Ciofi, C, Beaumont, MA, Swingland, IR and Bruford, MW 1999. Genetic divergence and units for conservation in the Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B.

Shanley, P, Luz, L and Swingland IR 2002. The faint promise of a distant market: a survey of Belém’s trade in non-timber forest products. Biodiv. and Cons. 11: 615–636.

Brown S, Swingland IR, Hanbury-Tenison R, Prance GT and Myers N 2002. Changes in use and management of forests for abating carbon emissions: issues and challenges under the Kyoto Protocol. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond, A: 360: 1593-1606.

Sandor, R, Bettelheim, EC and Swingland, IR 2002. An overview of a free-market approach to climate change and conservation. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond, A: 360: 1607–1620.

Saunders, LS, Hanbury-Tenison, R and Swingland IR 2002. Social capital from carbon property: creating equity for indigenous people. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond, A: 360: 1763–1776.

Koziell, I and Swingland IR 2002. Collateral biodiversity benefits associated with `free-market’ approaches to sustainable land use and forestry activities. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond, A: 360: 1807–1816.

Balmer O Ciofi C Galbraith DA Swingland IR Zug G and Caccone A (2010) Population genetic structure of Aldabra giant tortoise. Journal of Heredity 102 (1), 29–37.

Swingland IR. 2023 Biodiversity, Definition of. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Third Edition. ISBN: 9780128225622 . pp 260–274 DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-822562-2.00340-6. Elsevier.

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Ian Swingland’s CV