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Reintroduction Biology: Integrating Science and Management

John G. Ewen (Editor), Doug P. Armstrong (Editor), Kevin A. Parker (Editor), Philip J. Seddon (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-5581-9
520 pages
December 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book aims to further advance the field of reintroduction biology beyond the considerable progress made since the formation of the IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group. Using an issue-based framework that purposely avoids a structure based on case studies the book's central theme is advocating a strategic approach to reintroduction where all actions are guided by explicit theoretical frameworks based on clearly defined objectives. Issues covered include husbandry and intensive management, monitoring, and genetic and health management. Although taxonomically neutral there is a recognised dominance of bird and mammal studies that reflects the published research in this field. The structure and content are designed for use by people wanting to bridge the research-management gap, such as conservation managers wanting to expand their thinking about reintroduction-related decisions, or researchers who seek to make useful applied contributions to reintroduction.
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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Memorium of Don Merton xi

Foreword xix

Preface xxiii

1. Animal Translocations: What Are They and Why DoWe Do Them? 1
Philip J. Seddon, W. Maartin Strauss and John Innes

2. A Tale of Two Islands: The Rescue and Recovery of Endemic Birds in New Zealand and Mauritius 33
Carl G. Jones and Don V. Merton

3. Selecting Suitable Habitats for Reintroductions: Variation, Change and the Role of Species Distribution Modelling 73
Patrick E. Osborne and Philip J. Seddon

4. The Theory and Practice of Catching, Holding, Moving and Releasing Animals 105
Kevin A. Parker, Molly J. Dickens, Rohan H. Clarke and Tim G. Lovegrove

5. Dispersal and Habitat Selection: Behavioural and Spatial Constraints for Animal Translocations 138
Pascaline Le Gouar, Jean-Baptiste Mihoub and Franc¸ois Sarrazin

6. Modelling Reintroduced Populations: The State of the Art and Future Directions 165
Doug P. Armstrong and Michelle H. Reynolds

7. Monitoring for Reintroductions 223
James D. Nichols and Doug P. Armstrong

8. Adaptive Management of Reintroduction 256
Michael A. McCarthy, Doug P. Armstrong and Michael C. Runge

9. Empirical Consideration of Parasites and Health in Reintroduction 290
John G. Ewen, Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse, Maurice R. Alley, Claudia Carraro, Anthony W. Sainsbury, Kirsty Swinnerton and Rosie Woodroffe

10. Methods of Disease Risk Analysis for Reintroduction Programmes 336
Anthony W. Sainsbury, Doug P. Armstrong and John G. Ewen

11. The Genetics of Reintroductions: Inbreeding and Genetic Drift 360
Lukas F. Keller, Iris Biebach, Steven R. Ewing and Paquita E.A. Hoeck

12. Genetic Consequences of Reintroductions and Insights from Population History 395
Jim J. Groombridge, Claire Raisin, Rachel Bristol and David S. Richardson

13. Managing Genetic Issues in Reintroduction Biology 441
Ian G. Jamieson and Robert C. Lacy

14. Summary 476
Philip J. Seddon, Doug P. Armstrong, Kevin A. Parker and John G. Ewen

Index 483

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Author Information

John Ewen is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London and is supported by a Research Councils UK Academic Fellowship. He is currently co-leader of the New Zealand Department of Conservation's Hihi Recovery Group and is a member of the IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group.

Doug Armstrong is the Professor of Conservation Biology at Massey University in New Zealand. He has been involved in reintroduction since 1992, and has been the Oceania Chair of the IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group since 1997.

Kevin Parker is a post-doctoral fellow at Massey University, New Zealand. He is a member of the IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group.

Phil Seddon is an Associate Professor at the University of Otago and Director of the Department of Zoology's Postgraduate Wildlife Management Programme. Phil has been a member of the IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group (RSG) since 1995, and RSG Bird Section Chair since 1998.

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“I believe Reintroduction Biology would appeal to a wider audience and I would highly recommend this book to students (including undergraduates.”  (Austral Ecology, 8 December 2015)

“Overall though, Reintroduction biology: integrating science and management is well worth reading. As the authors intended, it will be a very useful reference for those actually engaged in, or in the process of planning, a wildlife translocation or reintroduction. It would also make an excellent book to organize a graduate student seminar course around, as it touches on a variety of contemporary applied and theoretical aspects of ecology. I would highly encourage colleagues to read this book for themselves. ”  (Ecology, 1 September 2013)

“Given the font size (same as Notornis) and with line spacing of 1.5 (1.0 in Notornis), the text format is well suited to the eyesight of the majority of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand membership! I’m sure the OSNZ library copy will get frequently borrowed and well read.”  (Notornis: Journal of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand, 1 May 2013)

"Provide(s) a timely review of the science of species reintroductions, examining techniques and best practices to ensure long-term survival of species returned to the wild." (British Ecological Society Bulletin, June 13)

“The book is rounded off with a concise summary chapter to outline what the intentions of the book are and to challenge the readers to improve and develop the concepts and principles presented in the book so that the overall success rate of reintroduction programmes can be improved.”  (Fauna & Flora International, 1 January 2013)


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