Conservation and Biology of Small Populations: The Song Sparrows of Mandarte Island

Hardcover | January 29, 2006

byJames N. M. Smith, Lukas F. Keller, Amy B. Marr

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This book explores the factors affecting the survival of small populations. As the human impact on Earth expands, populations of many wild species are being squeezed into smaller and smaller habitats. As a consequence, they face an increasing threat of extinction. National and internationalconservation groups rush to add these populations, species and sub-species to their existing endangered and threatened lists. In nations with strong conservation laws, listing often triggers elaborate plans to rescue declining populations and restore their habitats. The authors review thesetheoretical ideas, the existing data, and explore the question: how well do small and isolated populations actually perform? Their case study group is the song sparrows of Mandarte Island, British Columbia. This population is small enough and isolated enough so that all individuals can be uniquelymarked and their survival and reproduction monitored over many generations. This is one of the strongest long-term ecological studies of a contained vertebrate population, now in its 31st year.

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This book explores the factors affecting the survival of small populations. As the human impact on Earth expands, populations of many wild species are being squeezed into smaller and smaller habitats. As a consequence, they face an increasing threat of extinction. National and internationalconservation groups rush to add these populati...

James N. M. Smith is at University of British Columbia. Lukas F. Keller is at Zoological Museum, Zurich. Amy B. Marr and Peter Arcese are both at University of British Columbia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:274 pages, 6.3 × 9.41 × 0.91 inPublished:January 29, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195159365

ISBN - 13:9780195159363

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Table of Contents

1. James N. M. Smith and Lukas F. Keller: Genetics and Demography of Small Populations2. James N. M. Smith: Song Sparrows, Mandarte Island, and Methods3. James N. M. Smith, Amy B. Marr, and Wesley M. Hochachka: Life History: Patterns of Reproduction and Survival4. James N. M. Smith, Amy B. Marr, Peter Arcese, and Lukas F. Keller: Fluctuations in Numbers: Population Regulation and Catastrophic Mortality5. James N. M. Smith, Amy B. Marr, Peter Arcese, and Lukas F. Keller: The Song Sparrow and the Brown-Headed Cowbird6. James N. M. Smith, Peter Arcese, Kathleen D. O'Connor, and Jane M. Reid: Social Mechanisms: Dominance, Territoriality, Song, and the Mating System7. Lukas F. Keller, Amy B. Marr, and Jane M. Reid: The Genetic Consequences of Small Population Size: Inbreeding and Loss of Genetic Variation8. Amy B. Marr: Immigrants and Gene Flow in Small Populations9. Wesley M. Hochachka: Unequal Lifetime Reproductive Success and Its Implication for Small Isolated Populations10. Peter Arcese and Amy B. Marr: Population Viability in the Presence and Absence of Cowbirds, Catastrophic Mortality, and Immigration11. James N. M. Smith, Lukas F. Keller, and Jane M. Reid: Genetic and Demographic Risks to Small Populations RevisitedAppendix: Latin Names of Species of Plants and Animals Mentioned in Text

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"As one might expect of any good piece of research, the book raises as many questions as it answers."--The Quarterly Review of Biology