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Conservation Behavior: Applying Behavioral Ecology to Wildlife Conservation and Management

Explores the field of conservation behaviour through an easy-to-use structured approach, suitable for both academic researchers and wildlife managers
Offers concise and practical advice regarding the uses of behavioural theory and knowledge, applicable for wildlife managers who want to improve their practice
Condenses the field of conservation biology into one structured, user-friendly volume that is adaptable for conservation behaviour courses

Series: Conservation Biology (Cambridge University Press) Volume: 21

By: Oded Berger-Tal (Editor), David Saltz (Editor)

382 pages, 31 b/w illustrations, 3 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | May 2016 | #225876 | ISBN-13: 9781107690417
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Hardback | May 2016 | #225875 | ISBN-13: 9781107040106
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About this book

Conservation behaviour assists the investigation of species endangerment associated with managing animals impacted by anthropogenic activities. It employs a theoretical framework that examines the mechanisms, development, function and phylogeny of behaviour variation in order to develop practical tools for preventing biodiversity loss and extinction. Developed from a symposium held at the International Congress on Conservation Biology in 2011, this is the first book to offer an in-depth, logical framework that identifies three vital areas for understanding conservation behaviour: anthropogenic threats to wildlife, conservation and management protocols, and indicators of anthropogenic threats. Bridging the gap between behavioural ecology and conservation biology, Conservation Behavior ascertains key links between the fields, explores the theoretical foundations of these linkages, and connects them to practical wildlife management tools and concise applicable advice. Adopting a simplistic, structured approach throughout, Conservation Behavior is a vital resource for graduate students, academic researchers and wildlife managers.


List of contributors

Part I. The Integration of Two Disciplines: Conservation and Behavioral Ecology
1. Introduction: the whys and the hows of conservation behavior Oded Berger-Tal and David Saltz
2. Evolution and conservation behavior John P. Swaddle
3. Learning and conservation behavior: an introduction and overview Zachary Schakner and Daniel T. Blumstein

Part II. Anthropogenic Impacts on Animal Behavior and their Implications for Conservation and Management
4. Behavioral rigidity in the face of rapid anthropogenic changes Oded Berger-Tal and David Saltz
5. Anthropogenic impacts on behavior: the pros and cons of plasticity Daniel I. Rubenstein

Part III. Behavior-Based Management: Using Behavioral Knowledge to Improve Conservation and Management Efforts
6. The role of animal sensory perception in behavior-based management Esteban Fernández-Juricic
7. Behavior-based contributions to reserve design and management Colleen Cassady St Clair, Rob Found, Aditya Gangadharan and Maureen Murray
8. Behavior-based management: conservation translocations Ben D. Bell
9. From individual behavior to population viability, implications for conservation and management Carmen Bessa-Gomes and François Sarrazin
10. Manipulating animal behavior to ensure reintroduction success Debra M. Shier

Part IV. Behavioral Indicators
11. Direct behavioral indicators as a conservation and management tool Burt P. Kotler, Douglas W. Morris and Joel S. Brown
12. Indirect behavioral indicators and their uses in conservation and management Oded Berger-Tal and David Saltz


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Oded Berger-Tal is a senior lecturer at the Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology of Ben Gurion University, Israel. His research centres upon the integration of behavioural ecology into wildlife conservation and management.

David Saltz is Professor of Conservation Biology at the Swiss Institute for Desert Energy and Environmental Research of Ben Gurion University, Israel. His research focuses on wildlife conservation and management.

- Oded Berger-Tal
- David Saltz
- John P. Swaddle
- Zachary Schakner
- Daniel T. Blumstein
- Esteban Fernández-Juricic
- Colleen Cassady St Clair
- Rob Found
- Aditya Gangadharan
- Maureen Murray
- Ben D. Bell
- Carmen Bessa-Gomes
- François Sarrazin
- Debra M. Shier
- Burt P. Kotler
- Douglas W. Morris
- Joel S. Brown
- Norman Owen-Smith

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