Conservation of Wildlife Populations: Demography, Genetics, and Management, 2nd Edition
December 2012, ©2013, Wiley-Blackwell
Population ecology has matured to a sophisticated science with
astonishing potential for contributing solutions to wildlife
conservation and management challenges. And yet, much of the
applied power of wildlife population ecology remains untapped
because its broad sweep across disparate subfields has been
isolated in specialized texts. In this book, L. Scott Mills
covers the full spectrum of applied wildlife population ecology,
including genomic tools for non-invasive genetic sampling,
predation, population projections, climate change and invasive
species, harvest modeling, viability analysis, focal species
concepts, and analyses of connectivity in fragmented landscapes.
With a readable style, analytical rigor, and hundreds of examples
drawn from around the world, Conservation of Wildlife
Populations (2nd ed) provides the conceptual basis
for applying population ecology to wildlife conservation
decision-making. Although targeting primarily undergraduates
and beginning graduate students with some basic training in basic
ecology and statistics (in majors that could include wildlife
biology, conservation biology, ecology, environmental studies, and
biology), the book will also be useful for practitioners in the
field who want to find - in one place and with plenty of applied
examples - the latest advances in the genetic and demographic
aspects of population ecology.
Additional resources for this book can be found at: www.wiley.com/go/mills/wildlifepopulations.
List of boxes ix
Preface to second edition xi
Preface to first edition xii
List of symbols xiv
Acknowledgments for second edition xv
Acknowledgments for first edition xvi
PART I BACKGROUND TO APPLIED POPULATION BIOLOGY 1
1 The big picture: human population dynamics meet applied population biology 3
2 Designing studies and interpreting population biology data: how do we know what we know? 14
3 Genetic concepts and tools to support wildlife population biology 33
4 Estimating population vital rates 54
PART II POPULATION PROCESSES: THE BASIS FOR MANAGEMENT 77
5 The simplest way to describe and project population growth: exponential or geometric
6 All stage classes are not equal in their effects on population growth: structured
population-projection models 98
7 Density-dependent population change 126
8 Predation and wildlife populations 142
9 Genetic variation and fi tness in wildlife populations 154
10 Dynamics of multiple populations 175
PART III APPLYING KNOWLEDGE OF POPULATION PROCESSES TO PROBLEMS OF DECLINING, SMALL, OR HARVESTABLE POPULATIONS 199
11 Human-caused stressors: deterministic factors affecting populations 201
12 Predicting the dynamics of small and declining populations 224
13 Focal species to bridge from populations to ecosystems 244
14 Population biology to guide sustainable harvest 251
Further Reading 267
Colour Plates fall between page 160 and 16
L. Scott Mills is a Professor in the Wildlife Biology Program at The University of Montana. He was a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, has received multiple NSF Awards, served on the Board of Governors for the North American Section of the Society for Conservation Biology, and has testified to Congress about the role of ethics in wildlife population biology research. Mills was an invited contributor to the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report (IPCC) report, and to the Western Governors’ Association Climate Change Working Group. His research and teaching integrates field studies with population models and genetic analyses to understand effects of human perturbations on wildlife populations. Mills' research on wildlife around the world – from snowshoe hares to marmots, mice to coyotes, bighorn sheep to snow leopards and tigers - has been covered in media outlets including Newsweek, National Geographic, The New York Times, Discovery Channel Canada, Science News, National Public Radio, Nature, Science, and The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.
“Once again, Conservation of Wildlife Populations: Demography, Genetics, and Management is a great contribution to the current wildlife literature and will no doubt prove to be an excellent and indispensible resource when training wildlife biologists, upper level undergraduate students, and graduate students.” (The Journal of Wildlife Management, 2 January 2015)
“As a class text it offers an extremely useful and stimulating comprehensive integration of conservation and population biology, including clear, readable scientific basics.” (Austral Ecology, 19 May 2014)
“Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty. (Choice, 1 November 2013)
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