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Conservation of wildlife populations; demography, genetics, and management.


Conservation of wildlife populations; demography, genetics, and management.

Mills, L. Scott.

Blackwell Publishing


407 pages




Mills (wildlife biology, U. of Montana) draws from population ecology, demography, and population genetics in order to introduce the concepts and principles important for solving real-world management problem in genetics to a student audience already versed in basic ecology and (hopefully) genetics. He begins with coverage of historical and current extinction rates, the dynamics of human population growth, study design and ethics, genetics essentials for connecting genetic and demographic approaches, and the estimation of within-population vital rates. The population processes that form the basis for applied management are then introduced in chapters that discuss exponential and density-dependent population growth, stage- structured population dynamics, predation, effects of genetic variation on population dynamics, and animal spacing within and among populations. This conceptual material is then synthesized in chapters dealing with deterministic factors leading to population decline, specific issues related to small and declining populations, the use of focal species to bridge population biology and ecosystem approaches, and harvest theory and practice.

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