Conservation Behavior: Applying Behavioral Ecology to Wildlife Conservation and Management

Conservation Behavior: Applying Behavioral Ecology to Wildlife Conservation and Management


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Conservation behavior assists the investigation of species endangerment associated with managing animals impacted by anthropogenic activities. It employs a theoretical framework that examines the mechanisms, development, function, and phylogeny of behavior variation in order to develop practical tools for preventing biodiversity loss and extinction. Developed from a symposium held at the International Congress on Conservation Biology in 2011, this is the first book to offer an in-depth, logical framework that identifies three vital areas for understanding conservation behavior: anthropogenic threats to wildlife, conservation and management protocols, and indicators of anthropogenic threats. Bridging the gap between behavioral ecology and conservation biology, this volume ascertains key links between the fields, explores the theoretical foundations of these linkages, and connects them to practical wildlife management tools and concise applicable advice. Adopting a clear and structured approach throughout, this book is a vital resource for graduate students, academic researchers, and wildlife managers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107040106
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/05/2016
Series: Conservation Biology , #21
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Oded Berger-Tal is a senior lecturer at the Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology of Ben Gurion University, Israel. His research centers upon the integration of behavioral ecology into wildlife conservation and management.

David Saltz is Professor of Conservation Biology at the Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology, and the director of the Swiss Institute for Desert Energy and Environmental Research of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. His research focuses on wildlife conservation and management.

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface; Part I. The Integration of Two Disciplines: Conservation and Behavioral Ecology: 1. Introduction: the whys and the hows of conservation behavior Oded Berger-Tal and David Saltz; 2. Evolution and conservation behavior John P. Swaddle; 3. Learning and conservation behavior: an introduction and overview Zachary Schakner and Daniel T. Blumstein; Part II. Anthropogenic Impacts on Animal Behavior and their Implications for Conservation and Management: 4. Behavioral rigidity in the face of rapid anthropogenic changes Oded Berger-Tal and David Saltz; 5. Anthropogenic impacts on behavior: the pros and cons of plasticity Daniel I. Rubenstein; Part III. Behavior-Based Management: Using Behavioral Knowledge to Improve Conservation and Management Efforts: 6. The role of animal sensory perception in behavior-based management Esteban Fernández-Juricic; 7. Behavior-based contributions to reserve design and management Colleen Cassady St Clair, Rob Found, Aditya Gangadharan and Maureen Murray; 8. Behavior-based management: conservation translocations Ben D. Bell; 9. From individual behavior to population viability, implications for conservation and management Carmen Bessa-Gomes and François Sarrazin; 10. Manipulating animal behavior to ensure reintroduction success Debra M. Shier; Part IV. Behavioral Indicators: 11. Direct behavioral indicators as a conservation and management tool Burt P. Kotler, Douglas W. Morris and Joel S. Brown; 12. Indirect behavioral indicators and their uses in conservation and management Oded Berger-Tal and David Saltz; Index.

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