Conservation behavior is the application of knowledge of animal behavior to solve wildlife conservation problems. The goal of this Primer is to nurture the development of biologists interested in using specific animal behavior conceptual and methodological tools to aid in solving biological conservation and wildlife management problems. While there are a number of excellent reviews and edited volumes that discuss the integration of behavior and conservation biology, there has been no practical guide fostering integration and showing how to apply these methodologies to issues that would benefit from an animal behavior perspective. This book is broadly aimed at biologists interested in or practicing conservation biology and wildlife management, including undergraduate and graduate students, conservation biologists, ecologists, wildlife managers, zoo personnel, animal behaviorists, and behavioral ecologists.
Preface and Acknowledgements
What is Conservation Behavior?
Why Behavioral Mechanisms Matter
The Evolution of Behavior and Comparative Studies
Assessing Food, Habitat, and Mate Preferences
Understanding Habitat Selection for Conservation and Management Understanding Foraging Behavior for Conservation and Management Understanding Antipredator Behavior for Conservation and Management
Acoustic Communication and Conservation
Individuality and Personalities
Demographic Consequences of Sociality
Demographic Consequences of Sexual Selection and Reproductive Behavior
Using Behavior to Set Aside Areas for Wildlife Protection
Daniel T. Blumstein is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his undergraduate degrees in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, and in Environmental Conservation, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his Ph.D. in Animal Behavior at the University of California Davis, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Marburg (Germany), the University of Kansas, and Macquarie University (Australia). He has studied behavior and conservation in Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Germany, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, and the United States. He has served on endangered species recovery teams, and is a member of the IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group and the Conservation Behavior Committee of the Animal Behavior Society.
Esteban Fernandez-Juricic is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. He got his undergraduate degree at Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina. He received his Ph.D. in animal ecology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), and the University of Minnesota (USA). Before his current position, he was an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach for almost six years. He has studied behavior and conservation in Argentina, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.