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About this book
About this book
Provides an introduction to the importance of genetic studies in conservation and presents the essentials of the discipline in an easy-to-follow format, with main points and terms clearly highlighted. Worked examples are provided throughout to help illustrate key equations and glossary and suggestions for further reading provide additional support for the reader. Many beautiful pen and ink portraits of endangered species are included to enhance the text. Written for short, introductory level courses in genetics, conservation genetics and conservation biology.
Preface; Take home messages; 1. Introduction; 2. Genetic diversity; 3. Evolutionary genetics of natural populations; 4. Genetic consequences of small population size; 5. Genetics and extinction; 6. Resolving taxonomic uncertainties and defining management units; 7. Genetic management of endangered species in the wild; 8. Captive breeding and reintroduction; 9. Molecular genetics in forensics and understanding species biology; Final messages; Glossary; Sources and copyright acknowledgments; Index.
Dick Frankham is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney. Jon Ballou is Head of the Division of Behaviour, Ecology and Population Biology in the Department of Conservation Biology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park. David Briscoe is Associate Professor at the Key Centre for Biodiversity and Bioresources, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney.
220 pages, B/w photos, 162 figs, 16 tabs
'A Primer of Conservation Genetics is ideal for absolute beginners as well as those seeking to consolidate knowledge. The authors bring to the book the wealth of their own experience in laboratory experimentation, hands-on genetic management and empirical data collection ! So will A Primer of Conservation Genetics lead to greater advantage being taken of the opportunities offered by conservation genetics to aid in the preservation of our wondrous mammalian diversity? I believe its effective promotion of a greater understanding of genetic concepts is a major step in the right direction.' Australian Mammalogy Reviews '! as an introduction to conservation genetics for the undergraduate or novice practitioner, this book is excellent, and there is presently no other resource that covers the subject at this level. I strongly recommend it to anyone who is involved in conservation, in any context and at any level, but who lacks a basic understanding of the genetic issues that are increasingly being recognized as a great importance in conservation biology.' Oryx 'All you need is in this book ! This is only a primer, and an excellent one, so good students will want more. It provides exactly what it says on the cover.' Biologist 'I enjoyed reading the Primer of Conservation Genetics, and I would definitely recommend it as a first introduction to the field of conservation genetics.' Plant Systematics and Evolution '! it is written in an easy-to-read style, gives a good overview (or refresher for the older ones of us) and provides interesting examples. I felt that the book could also serve as a textbook for a graduate course on population genetics. ! I enjoyed reading the Primer of Conservation Genetics, and I would definitely recommend it as a first introduction to the field of conservation genetics.' Plant Systematics and Evolution