|Title:||Conservation of Wildlife Populations: Demography, Genetics, and Management|
|Authors:||L. Scott Mills|
|Description:||The book is organized into three sections. The first provides a background to the science of applied wildlife population biology. Here I cover the context of historical and current extinction rates, the dynamics of human population growth, an overview of study design and ethics, essential background on genetics necessary for understanding the interface between genetic and demographic approaches, and the estimation of within-population vital rates. The second section covers population processes that form the basis for applied management. Beginning with exponential and then density-dependent population growth, I will next cover stage-structured population dynamics, predation (a necessary background for understanding the impacts of harvest by humans), effects of genetic variation on population dynamics, and animal spacing within and among populations. The final section brings together concepts and principles from the first two sections. The emphasis here is less on introducing new conceptual material and more on synthesizing the previous chapters by applying the ideas to specific problems of declining, small, or harvestable populations. Chapters deal with deterministic factors leading to population decline, specific issues related to small and declining populations, the use of focal species to bridge population biology and ecosystem approaches, and harvest theory and practice.|
|Appears in Collections:||Environmental and Development Studies|
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