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Many of the world's leading conservation and population biologists evaluate what has become a key tool in estimating extinction risk and evaluating potential recovery strategies - population viability analysis, or PVA. PVA integrates data on the life history, demography, and genetics of a species with information on environmental variability, using computer models ranging from simple measures of population growth rate to complex spatial simulations, to predict whether a given population will remain viable (not go extinct) under various management options.
`This is the most important book on population viability analysis since the concept first emerged in the early 1980s. It will certainly become a "conservation classic".' Paul R. Ehrlich, Stanford University