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Genetics and the Extinction of Species: DNA and the Conservation of Biodiversity

Edited By: Laura F Landweber and Andrew P Dobson

189 pages, Figs, tabs, maps

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Jul 1999 | #98798 | ISBN: 0691009716
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Hardback | Dec 1999 | #101735 | ISBN: 0691009708
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Technological and theoretical developments throughout the 1990's have allowed for important new insights into how populations have evolved in response to past selection pressures, while providing a broad new understanding of the genetic structure of natural populations. The authors explore these advances and argue for the applicability of new genetic methods in conservation biology.


CONTRIBUTORS vii ILLUSTRATIONS ix PREFACE xi INTRODUCTION: GENETICS AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY Andrew P. Dobson xiii CHAPTER ONE: Extinction Risks from Anthropogenic, Ecological, and Genetic Factors Russell Lande 1 CHAPTER TWO: Genes, Demes, and Plant Conservation K. E. Holsinger, R. J. Mason-Gamer, and J. Whitton 23 CHAPTER THREE: Genetic Theory and Evidence Supporting Current Practices in Captive Breeding for Conservation Kathryn M. Rodriguez-Clark 47 CHAPTER FOUR: Two Problems with the Measurement of Genetic Diversity and Genetic Distance William Amos 75 CHAPTER FIVE: One Use of Phylogenies for Conservation Biologists: Inferring Population History from Gene Sequences Paul H. Harvey and Helen Steers 101 CHAPTER SIX: Parasites and Conservation of Hawaiian Birds Rebecca L. Cann and Leslie J. Douglas 121 CHAPTER SEVEN: Extinction and Endangerment of Hawaiian Honeycreepers: A Comparative Approach Leonard A. Freed 137 CHAPTER EIGHT: Something Old for Something New: The Future of Ancient DNA in Conservation Biology Laura F. Landweber 163 INDEX 187

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