Behaviour and Conservation

Edited by L. Morris Gosling, William J. Sutherland 
Cambridge University Press  2000  

Paperback  450 pp, 62 diags, 9 illus, 26 tabs  ISBN 9780521665391      £34.00
How does an understanding of the behaviour of a given animal species contribute to its conservation? The answer to this question has profound consequences for our efforts to conserve endangered species. Behaviour and Conservation links the extraordinary advances that have been made in behavioural ecology over the last 30 years with the new discipline of conservation biology. It uses the power of an evolutionary approach to help solve problems in practical conservation, and suggests a new direction for behavioural ecology. The book addresses the ways in which behaviour and conservation interact, investigating the conservation impact of people, habitat loss and fragmentation, threats to wild populations of animals, conservation priorities and the use of behavioural approaches for conservation applications. Leading authorities in animal behaviour outline the relevance of their work to key problems in animal conservation for all researchers and students in the behavioural sciences and conservation biology.


Part I. Introduction: 1. Advances in the study of behaviour and their role in conservation William J. Sutherland and L. Morris Gosling; Part II. Conservation Impact of People: 2. The evolutionary ecology of human population growth Ruth Mace; 3. Grassland conservation and the pastoralist commons Monique Borgerhoff Mulder and Lore M. Ruttan; 4. Predicting the consequences of human disturbance from behavioral decisions Jennifer A. Gill and William J. Sutherland; 5. The role of behavioural models in predicting the ecological impact of harvesting John D. Goss-Custard, Richard Stillman, Andrew D. West, Selwyn McGrorty, Sarah E. A. le V. dit Durell and Richard W. C. Caldow; Part III. Habitat Loss and Fragmentation: 6. Butterfly movement and conservation in patchy landscapes Chris D. Thomas, Michel Baguette and Owen T. Lewis; 7. Life history characteristics and the conservation of migratory shorebirds Theunis Piersma and Alan J. Baker; 8. Ranging behaviour and vulnerability to extinction in carnivores Rosie Woodroffe and Joshua R. Ginsburg; 9. Habitat fragmentation and swarm raiding army ants Graeme P. Boswell, Nigel R. Franks and Nick F. Britton; Part IV. Sexual Selection, Threats and Population Viability: 10. Sexual selection and conservation Anders Pape Moller; 11. Dispersal patterns, social organisation and population viability Sarah Durant; 12. Incorporating behaviour in predictive models for conservation Richard A. Pettifor, Ken J. Norris and J. Marcus Rowcliffe; 13. Controversy over behaviour and genetics in cheetah conservation Tim Caro; 14. The role of animal behaviour in marine conservation John D. Reynolds and Simon Jennings; Part V. Conservation Applications of Behaviour: 15. Communication behaviour and conservation Peter K. McGregor, Thomas M. Peake and Gillian Gilbert; 16. Reducing predation through conditioned taste aversion David P. Cowan, Jonathon C. Reynolds and Elaine L. Gill; 17. Retaining natural behaviour in captivity and in reintroduction programmes Michael P. Wallace; 18. Consequences of social perturbation for wildlife management and conservation Frank A. M. Tuyttens and David W. Macdonald; 19. Animal welfare and wildlife conservation Elizabeth L. Bradshaw and Patrick Bateson; Bibliography; Index.

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