Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology

Paperback | July 1, 1998

EditorTim Caro

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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 contributeto 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 weaknessesof 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 rolesof 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.

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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 contributeto a greater understanding of conservation ...

Tim Caro is at Center for Population Biology and Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, University of California at Davis.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 1.42 inPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195104900

ISBN - 13:9780195104905

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1. Tim Caro: The Significance of Behavioral Ecology for Conservation BiologyPart I: Baseline Behavioral Ecological Data and Conservation Problems2. Peter McGregor and Tom Peake: The Role of Individual Identification in Conservation Biology3. Alexander Harcourt: Ecological Indicators of Risk for Primates, as Judged by Species' Susceptibility to Logging4. Joel Berger: Future Prey: Some Consequences of the Loss and Restoration of Large CarnivoresPart II: Baseline Behavioral Ecological Data and Conservation Intervention5. Sarah Durant: A Minimum Intervention Approach to Conservation: The Influence of Social Structure6. Nadja Wielebnowski: Contributions of Behavioral Studies to Captive Management and Breeding of Rare and Endangered Mammals7. Eberhard Curio: Behavior as a Tool for Management Intervention in BirdsPart III: Mating Systems and Conservation Problems8. Andy Dobson and Joyce Poole: Conspecific Aggregation and Conservation Biology9. Amanda Vincent and Yvonne Sadovy: Reproductive Ecology in the Conservation and Management of Fishes10. Scott Creel: Social Organization and Effective Population Size in CarnivoresPart IV: Mating Systems and Conservation Intervention11. Correigh Greene, James Umbanhowar, Marc Mangel, and Tim Caro: Animal Breeding Systems, Hunter Selectivity, and Consumptive Use in Wildlife Conservation12. John Eadie, Paul Sherman, and Brad Semel: Conspecific Brood Parasitism, Population Dynamics, and the Conservation of Cavity-Nesting Birds13. Mats Grahn, Asa Langefors, and Torbjorn von Schantz: The Importance of Mate Choice in Improving Viability in Captive PopulationsPart V: Dispersal and Inbreeding Avoidance14. Dirk Van Vuren: Mammalian Dispersal and Reserve Design15. Bruce Waldman and Mandy Tocher: Behavioral Ecology, Genetic Diversity, and Declining Amphibian PopulationsPart VI: Human Behavioral Ecology16. Clare FitzGibbon: The Management of Subsistence Harvesting: Behavioral Ecology of Hunters and Their Mammalian Prey17. Michael Alvard: Indigenous Hunting in the Neotropics: Conservation or Optimal Foraging?18. Margo Wilson, Martin Daly, and Stephen Gordon: The Evolved Psychological Apparatus of Decision-Making Is One Source of Environmental ProblemsAfterword19. Daniel Rubenstein: Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Policy: On Balancing Science, Applications, and AdvocacyEpilogue20. Tim Caro: How do We Refocus Behavioral Ecology to Address Conservation Issues More Directly?

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"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 theytoo 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 conservingthe earth's declining biological diversity."--Animal Behaviour