Population Genetics for Animal Conservation

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It is widely accepted among conservation biologists that genetics is, more than ever, an essential and efficient tool for wild and captive population management and reserve design. However, a true synergy between population genetics and conservation biology is lacking. Following the first International Workshop on Population Genetics for Animal Conservation in 2003 at the Centro di Ecologia Alpina, Trento, Italy (recently incorporated into the Edmund Mach Foundation), the scientific committee felt that, given the global urgency of animal conservation, it was imperative that discussions at the conference were made accessible to graduate students and wildlife managers. This book integrates 'the analytical methods approach' with the 'real problems approach' in conservation genetics. Each chapter is an exhaustive review of one area of expertise, and a special effort has been made to explain the statistical tools available for the analysis of molecular data as clearly as possible. The result is a comprehensive volume of the state of the art in conservation genetics, illustrating the power and utility of this synergy.

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"... the book serves as an excellent complement to other literature in molecular ecology and conservation genetics. This book undertakes the task of covering a wide area of research and does an admirable job. Overall, I highly recommend this book as a supplemental educational and technical resource for any molecular ecologist who has a strong passion for conservation biology."
Nelson Ting, American Journal of Physical Anthropology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521685375
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/22/2009
  • Series: Conservation Biology Series
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Giorgio Bertorelle currently teaches Biometry, Phylogeny Reconstruction and Conservation Genetics at the University of Ferrara, Italy. He is the president and co-founder of the Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology.

Michael W. Bruford, formerly Head of the Conservation Genetics Group at the Institute of Zoology, London, has been professor and research group leader at the Cardiff School of Biosciences since 1999, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conservation biology and molecular ecology.

Heidi C. Hauffe trained in evolutionary biology and established the first genetics laboratory at the Centro di Ecologia Alpina, Trento, Italy, in 1997. Now at the Edmund Mach Foundation, her research interests range from rodent-borne viruses to speciation to conservation genetics of alpine mammals. She is currently affiliated to the University of York, UK, and the Institute of Vertebrate Biology, CZ.

Annapaola Rizzoli is currently the coordinator of the Environmental and Natural Resources Division and head of the Wildlife Ecology and Epidemiology Group at the Edmund Mach Foundation. Her main research interests are host–parasite interactions and emerging zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.

Cristiano Vernesi is a researcher at the Edmund Mach Foundation, Trento, Italy. He is also one of the founders and scientific director of the Association 'Biosfera', a non-profit association devoted to research and teaching in conservation biology.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors ix

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgements xiv

1 Introduction Heidi C. Hauffe Valerio Sbordoni 1

Statistical approaches, data analysis and inference 23

2 Statistical methods for identifying hybrids and groups Eric C. Anderson 25

3 How to use Migrate or why are Markov chain Monte Carlo programs difficult to use? Peter Beerli 42

4 Nested clade phylogeographic analysis for conservation genetics Jennifer E. Buhay Keith A. Crandall David Posada 80

5 A comparison of methods for constructing evolutionary networks from intraspecific DNA sequences Patrick Mardulyn Insa Cassens Michel C. Milinkovitch 104

Molecular approaches and applications 121

6 Challenges in assessing adaptive genetic diversity: overview of methods and empirical illustrations Aurelie Bonin Louis Bernatchez 123

7 Monitoring and detecting translocations using genetic data Giorgio Bertorelle Chiara Papetti Heidi C. Hauffe Luigi Boitani 148

8 Non-invasive genetic analysis in conservation Benoit Goossens Michael W. Bruford 167

9 The role of ancient DNA in conservation biology Jon Beadell Yvonne Chan Robert Fleischer 202

From genetic data to practical management: issues and case studies 225

10 Future-proofing genetic units for conservation: time's up for subspecies as the debate gets out of neutral! Michael W. Bruford 227

11 Genetic diversity and fitness-related traits in endangered salmonids Katriina Tiira Craig R. Primmer 241

12 Genetics and conservation on islands: the Galapagos giant tortoise as a case study Claudio Ciofi Adalgisa Caccone Luciano B. Beheregaray Michel C. Milinkovitch Michael Russello Jeffrey R. Powell 269

13 Evolution of population genetic structurein marine mammal species A. Rus Hoelzel 294

Future directions in conservation genetics 319

14 Recent developments in molecular tools for conservation Cristiano Vernesi Michael W. Bruford 321

15 Theoretical outlook Mark Beaumont 345

Software index 374

Species index (common name) 376

Species index (Latin name) 379

Subject index 382

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