Reptile Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques

Paperback | May 12, 2016

EditorC. Kenneth Dodd

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This practical handbook of reptile field ecology and conservation brings together a distinguished, international group of reptile researchers to provide a state-of-the-art review of the many new and exciting techniques used to study reptiles. The authors describe ecological sampling techniquesand how they are implemented to monitor the conservation status and population trends of snakes, lizards, tuatara, turtles, and crocodilians throughout the world. Emphasis is placed on the extent of statistical inference and the biases associated with different techniques and analyses.The chapters focus on the application of field research and data analysis for achieving an understanding of reptile life history, population dynamics, movement patterns, thermal ecology, conservation status, and the relationship between reptiles and their environment. The book emphasises the needfor thorough planning, and demonstrates how a multi-dimensional approach incorporates information related to morphology, genetics, molecular biology, epidemiology, statistical modelling, animal welfare, and biosecurity. Although accentuating field sampling, sections on experimental applications inlaboratories and zoos, thermal ecology, genetics, landscape ecology, disease and biosecurity, and management options are included. Much of this information is scattered in the scientific literature or not readily available, and the intention is to provide an affordable, comprehensive synthesis foruse by graduate students, researchers, and practising conservationists worldwide.

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This practical handbook of reptile field ecology and conservation brings together a distinguished, international group of reptile researchers to provide a state-of-the-art review of the many new and exciting techniques used to study reptiles. The authors describe ecological sampling techniquesand how they are implemented to monitor the...

Ken Dodd is currently Courtesy Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. He has previously held positions at Mississippi State University as Assistant Professor in 1975, Staff Herpetologist at the Office of Endangered Species in the US Fish and Wildlife Service from 1976...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:May 12, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part 1. Introduction1. Laurie Vitt: Reptile diversity and life history2. Robert N. Fisher: Planning and setting objectives in field studies3. Richard Seigel: Data collection and storagePart 2. The Individual4. John W. Ferner and Michael V. Plummer: Measuring and marking reptiles5. Roberto Sacchi, Stefano Scali, Marco Mangiacotti, Marco Sannolo, Marco Alberto Luca Zuffi: Digital identification and analysis6. Steve W. Gotte, Jeremy F. Jacobs, and George R. Zug: Preserving specimens for additional study7. Gunther Kohler: Reproduction8. Luca Luiselli and Giovanni Amori: Diet9. Bruce Kingsbury and Nathan J. Robinson: Movement patterns and telemetryPart 3. Sampling Reptiles10. John D. Willson: Surface-dwelling reptiles: coverboards, drift fences and arrays11. Robert Henderson, Robert Powell, Jose Martin, and Pilar Lopez: Arboreal and fossorial reptiles12. Xavier Bonnet, Arne R. Rasmussen and Francois Brischoux: Sea snakes13. Richard Vogt: Freshwater turtles14. Margaretha Hofmeyr and Brian Henen: Terrestrial turtles and tortoises15. Seth Stapleton and Karen Eckert: Sea turtles16. Charlie Manolis and Matt Brien: CrocodiliansPart 4. Reptiles in the Community17. Tiffany M. Doan: Plot and transect censuses18. Indraneil Das: Rapid assessments of reptile diversity19. Henry Mushinsky and Earl McCoy: Measuring microhabitats used by non-avian reptiles20. Christine Bishop: Water quality and toxicology21. C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr.: Richness, diversity and similarity22. Monika Bohm and Viorel D. Popescu: Landscape ecology, biogeography and GIS methodsPart 5. Experimental Applications, Physiological Ecology, Genetics23. Stephen J. Mullin: Experimental applications24. Keith Christian, Richard Tracy, and Christopher Tracy: Body temperatures and the thermal environment25. Nancy Fitzsimmons and Joanne Sumner: Genetics in field ecology and conservationPart 6. Trends Analysis and Conservation Options26. Darryl MacKenzie: Occupancy models27. Chris Sutherland and J. Andrew Royle: Estimating abundance28. Elliott R. Jacobson: Disease, parasites, and biosecurity protocols29. David A. Pike: Conservation management of reptiles30. Brian Gratwicke, Matthew Neff, Lindsay Renick Mayer, Sharon Ryan, and Jennifer Sevin: Education and outreach