It is widely accepted among conservation biologists that genetics is, more than ever, an essential and efficient tool for wild and captive population management and reserve design. However, a true synergy between population genetics and conservation biology is lacking. Following the first International Workshop on Population Genetics for Animal Conservation in 2003 at the Centro di Ecologia Alpina, Trento, Italy (recently incorporated into the Edmund Mach Foundation), the scientific committee felt that, given the global urgency of animal conservation, it was imperative that discussions at the conference were made accessible to graduate students and wildlife managers. Population Genetics for Animal Conservation integrates 'the analytical methods approach' with the 'real problems approach' in conservation genetics. Each chapter is an exhaustive review of one area of expertise, and a special effort has been made to explain the statistical tools available for the analysis of molecular data as clearly as possible. The result is a comprehensive volume of the state of the art in conservation genetics, illustrating the power and utility of this synergy.
"[...] presents some new perspectives on particular issues, important when genetic technology and statistical analysis are changing as fast as they are now."
- Trends in Ecology and Evolution
"[...] the book serves as an excellent complement to other literature in molecular ecology and conservation genetics [...] This book undertakes the task of covering a wide area of research and does an admirable job."
- American Journal of Physical Anthropology
1. Introduction Heidi C. Hauffe and Valerio Sbordoni
2. Statistical methods for identifying hybrids and groups Eric C. Anderson
3. How to use Migrate or why are Markov chain Monte Carlo programs difficult to use? Peter Beerli
4. Nested clade phylogeographic analysis for conservation genetics Jennifer E. Buhay, Keith A. Crandall and David Posada
5. A comparison of methods for constructing evolutionary networks from intraspecific DNA sequences Patrick Mardulyn, Insa Cassens and Michel C. Milinkovitch
6. Challenges in assessing adaptive genetic diversity: overview of methods and empirical illustrations Aurelie Bonin and Louis Bernatchez
7. Monitoring and detecting translocations using genetic data Giorgio Bertorelle, Chiara Papetti, Heidi C. Hauffe and Luigi Boitani
8. Non-invasive genetic analysis in conservation Benoit Goossens and Michael W. Bruford
9. The role of ancient DNA in conservation biology Jon Beadell, Yvonne Chan and Robert Fleischer
10. Future-proofing genetic units for conservation: time's up for subspecies as the debate gets out of neutral! Michael W. Bruford
11. Genetic diversity and fitness related traits in endangered salmonids Katriina Tiira and Craig R. Primmer
12. Genetics and conservation on islands: the Galapagos giant tortoise as a case study Claudio Ciofi, Adalgisa Caccone, Luciano B. Beheregaray, Michel C. Milinkovitch, Michael Russello and Jeffrey R. Powell
13. Evolution of population genetic structure in marine mammal species A. Rus Hoelzel
14. Recent developments in molecular tools for conservation Cristiano Vernesi and Michael W. Bruford
15. Theoretical outlook Mark Beaumont
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Giorgio Bertorelle currently teaches Biometry, Phylogeny Reconstruction and Conservation Genetics at the University of Ferrara, Italy. He is the president and co-founder of the Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology.
Michael W. Bruford, formerly Head of the Conservation Genetics Group at the Institute of Zoology, London, has been professor and research group leader at the Cardiff School of Biosciences since 1999, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conservation biology and molecular ecology.
Heidi C. Hauffe trained in evolutionary biology and established the first genetics laboratory at the Centro di Ecologia Alpina, Trento, Italy, in 1997. Now at the Edmund Mach Foundation, her research interests range from rodent-borne viruses to speciation to conservation genetics of alpine mammals. She is currently affiliated to the University of York, UK, and the Institute of Vertebrate Biology, CZ.
Annapaola Rizzoli is currently the coordinator of the Environmental and Natural Resources Division and head of the Wildlife Ecology and Epidemiology Group at the Edmund Mach Foundation. Her main research interests are host-parasite interactions and emerging zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.
Cristiano Vernesi is a researcher at the Edmund Mach Foundation, Trento, Italy. He is also one of the founders and scientific director of the Association 'Biosfera', a non-profit association devoted to research and teaching in conservation biology.
- Heidi C. Hauffe
- Valerio Sbordoni
- Eric C. Anderson
- Peter Beerli
- Jennifer E. Buhay
- Keith A. Crandall
- David Posada
- Patrick Mardulyn
- Insa Cassens
- Michel C. Milinkovitch
- Aurélie Bonin
- Louis Bernatchez
- Giorgio Bertorelle
- Chiara Papetti
- Luigi Boitani
- Benoît Goossens
- Michael W. Bruford
- Jon Beadell
- Yvonne Chan
- Robert Fleischer
- Katriina Tiira
- Craig R. Primmer
- Claudio Ciofi
- Adalgisa Caccone
- Luciano B. Beheregaray
- Michael Russello
- Jeffrey R. Powell
- A. Rus Hoelzel
- Cristiano Vernesi
- Mark Beaumont