Dr. Laurie Marker is leading a team of co-authors in writing a comprehensive academic book on their favorite big cat, Biology and Conservation of Cheetahs. The book will be published by Elsevier Publishing, one of the world’s major providers of scientific, technical, and medical information, headquartered in The Netherlands. A culmination of 40 years of cheetah research, the book covers scientific topics, such as cheetah genetics, reproduction, health, and ecology, behavior, and then delves into socio-economic aspects of conservation, including education, community outreach and livelihood development, to which Dr. Marker has been a central point of all. Biology and Conservation of Cheetahs consists of 39 chapters, each written by an expert in that subject – most of whom collaborated with CCF on research projects over the past four decades — with a historical retrospective and overview contributed by Dr. Marker and a Forward by Dr. Stephen O’Brien, CCF’s Chairman Emeritus. Co-editors with Marker are CCF’s Assistant Director for Research, Dr. Anne Schmidt Kuentzel; Dr. Lorraine Boast, Research Associate with Cheetah Conservation Botswana; and Dr. Philip Nyhus from Colby University.
“This book is a culmination of collaborative research coving four decades of conservation science on cheetah with over 60 co-authors looking at rangewide strategies to save the species from vanishing,” said Dr. Marker. “The book is intended to preserve this history, and to provide a road map for future generations of cheetah researchers, so they can pick up where we have left off.”
Biology and Conservation of Cheetahs is expected to be published by the end of 2017.