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Introduction to Conservation Genetics


By: Richard Frankham(Author), Jonathan D Ballou(Author), David A Briscoe(Author)

704 pages, illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jan 2010 | Edition: 2 | #177392 | ISBN-13: 9780521702713
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In Introduction to Conservation Genetics this impressive author team brings the wealth of advances in conservation genetics into the new edition of this introductory text, including new chapters on Population Genomics and Genetic Issues in Introduced and Invasive Species. They continue the strong learning features for students – main points in the margin, chapter summaries, vital support with the mathematics, and further reading – and now guide the reader to software and databases. Many new references reflect the expansion of this field.

With examples from mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, plants and invertebrates, this is an ideal introduction to conservation genetics for a broad audience. Introduction to Conservation Genetics tackles the quantitative aspects of conservation genetics, and has a host of pedagogy to support students learning the numerical side of the subject.

Combined with being up-to-date, its user-friendly writing style and a first-class illustration programme, this forms a robust teaching package.

"[...] an excellent introduction to population and quantitative genetics [...] Introduction to Conservation Genetics is an important book; it has authoritative reviews and lucid descriptions of population and quantitative genetics. It is beautifully put together and illustrated [...] I anticipate that this book and its successors will be the standard text and reference for years to come."
- Charles E. Taylor, Conservation Biology

"[...] this important book should be compulsory reading [...]"
- Pacific Conservation Biology

"[...] a good introduction to the topic. There are strong diagrams to aid understanding and a range of summaries, reading lists and problems to stretch the mind further."
- TEG News

"[...] given its breadth and up-to-date treatment of the literature, the text should be of considerable value to students interested in conservation genetics and to the professional who needs a complete reference."
- TRENDS in Ecology Evolution

"[...] a commendable degree of detailed information [...] the book's broad approach and reader-friendly presentation will ensure that it will continue to be the standard textbook on this subject."
- Bulletin of the British Ecological Society


1. Introduction
2. Genetics and extinction

Section I. Evolutionary Genetics of Natural Populations
3. Genetic diversity
4. Characterizing genetic diversity: single loci
5. Characterizing genetic diversity: quantitative variation
6. Evolutionary impacts of natural selection in large populations
7. Evolution impacts of mutation, migration and their interactions with selection in large populations
8. Genetic consequences of small population sizes
9. Maintenance of genetic diversity
10. Population genomics

Section II. Effects of Population Size Reduction
11. Loss of genetic diversity in small populations
12. Inbreeding
13. Inbreeding depression
14. Population fragmentation
15. Genetically viable populations

Section III. From Theory to Practice
16. Resolving taxonomic uncertainties and defining
17. Genetic management of wild populations
18. Genetic issues in introduced and invasive species
19. Genetic management of captive populations
20. Genetic management for reintroduction
21. Use of molecular genetics in forensics and to understand species biology
22. The broader context: Population Viability Analysis (PVA)

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Emeritus Professor Dick Frankham holds honorary appointments at Macquarie University, James Cook University and the Australian Museum and was Hrdy Visiting Professor at Harvard University in 2004. He began his career in quantitative genetics, achieving international recognition for his work on Drosophila before turning to conservation genetics in the early 1990s. He has made many significant contributions to the field via modelling problems in Drosophila, meta-analyses and computer simulations. He is a major figures in the discipline and was awarded a D.Sc. by Macquarie University in 2006 for his scientific contributions to conservation and evolutionary genetics.

Dr Jon Ballou is Population Manager and Research Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, USA and for 2003-2006 was Head of its Department of Conservation Biology. He is also an adjunct member of the Faculty of the University of Maryland. His research has focused on the genetic and demographic problems confronted by small populations, especially of threatened species. He is recognized as a leader in developing the theoretical basis for the genetic management of small populations and in developing population management tools (software, applied theory) that are widely and internationally used by wildlife and zoo managers.

Professor David Briscoe is at the Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and was Head of Department 2006-2009. He collaborated with Dick Frankham on Drosophila research for 33 years, as well as working on the evolutionary genetics of rock wallabies, lizards, velvet worms, social insects and slime molds. An outstanding communicator, his inspirational teaching enthuses students at all levels and reaches beyond the academic sphere through televisions appearances and population level books.

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