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Conservation of Wildlife Populations


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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 change 79 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 Summary 266 Further Reading 267 Epilogue 269 References 271 Index 301 Colour Plates fall between page 160 and 16

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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.


"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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