Introduction to Conservation Genetics (2nd edition)

Richard Frankham, Jonathan D. Ballou, David A. Briscoe 
Cambridge University Press  January 2010  

Paperback  642 pp  ISBN 9780521702713      £40.00
This impressive author team brings the wealth of advances in conservation genetics into the new edition of this introductory text, including new chapters on population genomics and genetic issues in introduced and invasive species. They continue the strong learning features for students - main points in the margin, chapter summaries, vital support with the mathematics, and further reading - and now guide the reader to software and databases. Many new references reflect the expansion of this field. With examples from mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, plants and invertebrates, this is an ideal introduction to conservation genetics for a broad audience.

The text tackles the quantitative aspects of conservation genetics, and has a host of pedagogy to support students learning the numerical side of the subject. Combined with being up-to-date, its user-friendly writing style and first-class illustration programme forms a robust teaching package.

  • Tackles the quantitative aspects of conservation genetics, helping students master the numerical side of the subject, including graphs, worked examples, problems and solutions
  • The theory is taught with a balanced range of examples - mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, plants and invertebrates - to appeal to a broad range of students
  • Includes computer simulation exercises to support students in understanding stochastic issues as well as providing teaching materials for instructors


Introduction - Genetics and extinction;

Part I. Evolutionary Genetics of Natural Populations:

  • Genetic diversity;
  • Characterizing genetic diversity: single loci;
  • Characterizing genetic diversity: quantitative variation;
  • Evolutionary impacts of natural selection in large populations;
  • Evolution impacts of mutation, migration and their interactions with selection in large populations;
  • Genetic consequences of small population sizes;
  • Maintenance of genetic diversity;
  • Population genomics

Part II. Effects of Population Size Reduction:

  • Loss of genetic diversity in small populations;
  • Inbreeding;
  • Inbreeding depression;
  • Population fragmentation;
  • Genetically viable populations;

Part III. From Theory to Practice:

  • Resolving taxonomic uncertainties and defining;
  • Genetic management of wild populations;
  • Genetic issues in introduced and invasive species;
  • Genetic management of captive populations;
  • Genetic management for reintroduction;
  • Use of molecular genetics in forensics and to understand specie biology;
  • The broader context: Population Viability Analysis (PVA).
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