Problem-Solving in Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management / Edition 2

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This set of exercises has been created expressly for students and teachers of conservation biology and wildlife management who want to have an impact beyond the classroom. The book presents a set of 32 exercises that are primarily new and greatly revised versions from the book's successful first edition. These exercises span a wide range of conservation issues: genetic analysis, population biology and management, taxonomy, ecosystem management, land use planning, the public policy process and more. All exercises discuss how to take what has been learned and apply it to practical, real-world issues. Accompanied by a detailed instructor's manual and a student website with software and support materials, the book is ideal for use in the field, lab, or classroom.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Much of this book is presented in term of timely and realistic questions or problems that many conservation biologists and wildlife managers face. Readers are given manageable data and the appropriate tools to address those questions.” (The Quarterly Review of Biology, March 2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405152877
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 570,012
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James Gibbs is Associate Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Malcolm J. Hunter Jr is the Libra Professor of Conservation Biology and Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine, Orono. He is also the former President of the Society for Conservation Biology.

Eleanor J. Sterling is Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents




Part 1. Introduction.

1. What Is Biodiversity? Spiders As Exemplars Of The Biodiversity Concept.

2. What Is Conservation Biology? An Analysis Of The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund’s Strategies And Funding Priorities.

3. Why Is Biodiversity Important? Why Is It Threatened? An Exploration With The IUCN “Red List” Of Threatened Species.

Part 2. Genes.

4. Population Genetics: Diversity Within Versus Among Populations.

5. Genetic Drift: Establishing Population Management Targets To Limit Loss Of Genetic Diversity.

6. Pedigree Management: Controlling The Effects Of Inbreeding As Indicated By Fluctuating Asymmetry.

7. Landscape Genetics: Identifying Movement Corridors In The Landscape.

Part 3. Populations.

8. Life Table Analysis: Balancing Commercial Fisheries With Sea Bird “By-Catch”.

9. Population Viability Analysis: El Niño Frequency And Penguin Population Persistence.

10. Habitat Loss And Fragmentation: Ecological Traps, Connectivity And Issues Of Scale.

11. Diagnosing Declining Populations: Assessing Monitoring Data To Better Understand Causes Of A Rarity In An Endangered Cactus.

12. Estimating Population Size With Line Transects And DISTANCE.

13. Analyzing Camera Trap Data With PRESENCE.

14. Estimating Population Size With Mark-Recapture Data And MARK.

Part 4. Species.

15. Estimating "Biodiversity": Indices, Effort And Inference.

16. Designing A Zoo:Ex-Situ Centers For Conservation, Research, And Education.

17. Plant Reintroductions: Reestablishing Extirpated Populations.

18. Edge Effects: Designing A Nest Predation Experiment.

Part 5. Ecosystems And Landscapes.

19. Ecosystem Fragmentation: Patterns And Consequences For Biodiversity.

20. Forest Harvesting: Balancing Timber Production And Parrot Habitat.

21. Protected Areas: A Systematic Conservation Planning Approach For Ecoregions.

22. Island Biogeography: How Park Size And Condition Affect The Number Of Species Protected.

23. GIS For Conservation: Mapping And Analyzing Distributions Of Wild Potato Species For Reserve Design.

24. Global Change: Will A Cold-Adapted Frog Survive In A Warmer World?.

25. Climate Envelope Modeling: Inferring The Ranges Of Species.

Part 6. Policy And Organizations.

26. Population, Consumption, Or Governance: Which Drives Species Imperilment Most In Africa And Europe?.

28. Overconsumption: Who’s Smarter... Students Or Their Professors?.

28. Conservation Values: Assessing Public Attitudes.

29. Priority Setting: Where Around The Globe Should We Invest Our Conservation Efforts?.

30. An International Debate: Commercial Fishing In Galápagos National Park.

31. Conservation Law: Should The Polar Bear Be Listed As A Threatened Species?.

32. Conservation Policy: Shaping Your Government.


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