This book evaluates theory in population and community ecology using a case study of feral pigs, birds, and plants in the high country of south-eastern Australia. In sequence, the book reviews the relevant theory and uses long-term research over a quarter of a century on the population ecology of feral pigs and then community ecology of birds and plants, to evaluate the theory. The book brings together into one volume, research results of many observational, experimental and modelling studies and directly compares them with those from related studies around the world. The implications of the results for future wildlife management are also discussed. Intended readers are ecologists, graduate students in ecology and wildlife management and conservation and pest managers.
2 Population & community ecology: theory
3 The environment
4 Population ecology: data
5 Disturbance and vegetation
6 Population management
7 Community ecology: data
8 The future: management options
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Jim Hone is an ecologist with the Institute for Applied Ecology and the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of Canberra. He has published on the ecology and management of many species including, feral pigs in temperate, montane, tropical and arid Australia, lynx and snowshoe hares in the Yukon, badgers, barn owls, red deer and Soay sheep in Britain and diseases in wildlife in Britain, New Zealand and Pakistan. He has supervised graduate students studying many species of reptiles, birds and mammals.