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Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology - Tim Caro

Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology

By: Tim Caro (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th August 1998
ISBN: 9780195104905
Number Of Pages: 608

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In just the last few years, behavioral ecologists have begun to address issues in conservation biology. This volume is the first attempt to link these disciplines formally. Here leading researchers explore current topics in conservation biology and discuss how behavioral ecology can contribute to a greater understanding of conservation problems and conservation intervention programs. In each chapter, the authors identify a conservation issue, review the ways it has been addressed, review behavioral ecological data related to it, including their own, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the behavioral ecological approach, and put forward specific conservation recommendations. The chapters juxtapose different studies on a wide variety of taxonomic groups. A number of common themes emerge, including the ways in which animal mating systems affect population persistence, the roles of dispersal and inbreeding avoidance for topics such as reserve design and effective population size, the key role of humans in conservation issues, and the importance of baseline data for conservation monitoring and modeling attempts. Each chapter sheds new light on conservation problems, generates innovative avenues of interdisciplinary research, and shows how conservation-minded behavioral ecologists can apply their expertise to some of the most important questions we face today.

"Nearly two decades ago, geneticists, evolutionary biologists and ecologists turned their attention to applying their science and talents to provide information that would slow the extinction of species and destruction of ecosystems. Recently behavioural biologists have discovered that they too are conservation biologists. . . . This book joins a growing number of volumes and journal articles aimed at demonstrating that conservation requires an understanding of animal behaviour. It consists of an introduction, an afterword, an epilogue and 17 chapters divided among six sections. . . . Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology belongs on the bookshelves of behaviourists and conservation biologists . . . as [a] basic [reference] for understanding how behavioural processes apply to conservation. . . . [It] should help behavioural scientists make greater contributions to conserving the earth's declining biological diversity."--Animal Behaviour "Nearly two decades ago, geneticists, evolutionary biologists and ecologists turned their attention to applying their science and talents to provide information that would slow the extinction of species and destruction of ecosystems. Recently behavioural biologists have discovered that they too are conservation biologists. . . . This book joins a growing number of volumes and journal articles aimed at demonstrating that conservation requires an understanding of animal behaviour. It consists of an introduction, an afterword, an epilogue and 17 chapters divided among six sections. . . . Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology belongs on the bookshelves of behaviourists and conservation biologists . . . as [a] basic [reference] for understanding how behavioural processes apply to conservation. . . . [It] should help behavioural scientists make greater contributions to conserving the earth's declining biological diversity."--Animal Behaviour

1: Tim Caro: The Significance of Behavioral Ecology for Conservation Biology Part I: Baseline Behavioral Ecological Data and Conservation Problems 2: Peter McGregor & Tom Peake: The Role of Individual Identification in Conservation Biology 3: Alexander Harcourt: Ecological Indicators of Risk for Primates, as Judged by Species' Susceptibility to Logging 4: Joel Berger: Future Prey: Some Consequences of the Loss and Restoration of Large Carnivores Part II: Baseline Behavioral Ecological Data and Conservation Intervention 5: Sarah Durant: A Minimum Intervention Approach to Conservation: The Influence of Social Structure 6: Nadja Wielebnowski: Contributions of Behavioral Studies to Captive Management and Breeding of Rare and Endangered Mammals 7: Eberhard Curio: Behavior as a Tool for Management Intervention in Birds Part III: Mating Systems and Conservation Problems 8: Andy Dobson & Joyce Poole: Conspecific Aggregation and Conservation Biology 9: Amanda Vincent & Yvonne Sadovy: Reproductive Ecology in the Conservation and Management of Fishes 10: Scott Creel: Social Organization and Effective Population Size in Carnivores Part IV: Mating Systems and Conservation Intervention 11: Correigh Greene, James Umbanhowar, Marc Mangel, & Tim Caro: Animal Breeding Systems, Hunter Selectivity, and Consumptive Use in Wildlife Conservation 12: John Eadie, Paul Sherman, & Brad Semel: Conspecific Brood Parasitism, Population Dynamics, and the Conservation of Cavity-Nesting Birds 13: Mats Grahn, Asa Langefors, & Torbjörn von Schantz: The Importance of Mate Choice in Improving Viability in Captive Populations Part V: Dispersal and Inbreeding Avoidance 14: Dirk Van Vuren: Mammalian Dispersal and Reserve Design 15: Bruce Waldman & Mandy Tocher: Behavioral Ecology, Genetic Diversity, and Declining Amphibian Populations Part VI: Human Behavioral Ecology 16: Clare FitzGibbon: The Management of Subsistence Harvesting: Behavioral Ecology of Hunters and Their Mammalian Prey 17: Michael Alvard: Indigenous Hunting in the Neotropics: Conservation or Optimal Foraging? 18: Margo Wilson, Martin Daly, & Stephen Gordon: The Evolved Psychological Apparatus of Decision-Making Is One Source of Environmental Problems Afterword 19: Daniel Rubenstein: Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Policy: On Balancing Science, Applications, and Advocacy Epilogue 20: Tim Caro: How do We Refocus Behavioral Ecology to Address Conservation Issues More Directly?

ISBN: 9780195104905
ISBN-10: 0195104900
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 27th August 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 0.82