Reintroduction Biology: Integrating Science and Management aims to further advance the field of reintroduction biology beyond the considerable progress made since the formation of the IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group. Using an issue-based framework that purposely avoids a structure based on case studies. Reintroduction Biology: Integrating Science and Management's central theme is advocating a strategic approach to reintroduction where all actions are guided by explicit theoretical frameworks based on clearly defined objectives. Issues covered include husbandry and intensive management, monitoring, and genetic and health management. Although taxonomically neutral there is a recognised dominance of bird and mammal studies that reflects the published research in this field. The structure and content are designed for use by people wanting to bridge the research-management gap, such as conservation managers wanting to expand their thinking about reintroduction-related decisions, or researchers who seek to make useful applied contributions to reintroduction.
"Given the font size (same as Notornis) and with line spacing of 1.5 (1.0 in Notornis), the text format is well suited to the eyesight of the majority of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand membership! I'm sure the OSNZ library copy will get frequently borrowed and well read."
- Notornis: Journal of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand, 1 May 2013
"The book is rounded off with a concise summary chapter to outline what the intentions of the book are and to challenge the readers to improve and develop the concepts and principles presented in the book so that the overall success rate of reintroduction programmes can be improved."
- Fauna & Flora International, 1 January 2013
List of contributors
Memorium of Don Merton
1. Animal Translocations: what are they and why do we do them?
2. A tale of two islands: the rescue and recovery of endemic birds in New Zealand and Mauritius
3. Selecting suitable habitats for reintroductions: variation, change, and the role of species distribution modelling
4. The theory and practise of catching, holding, moving and releasing animals
5. Dispersal and habitat selection: behavioural and spatial constraints for animal translocations.
6. Modelling reintroduced populations: the state of the art and future directions
7. Monitoring for Reintroductions
8. Adaptive Management of Reintroduction
9. Empirical consideration of parasites and health in reintroduction
10. Methods of disease risk analysis for reintroduction programmes
11. The genetics of reintroductions: inbreeding and genetic drift
12. Genetic consequences of reintroductions and insights from population history
13. Managing genetic issues in reintroduction biology
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John Ewen is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London and is supported by a Research Councils UK Academic Fellowship. He is currently co-leader of the New Zealand Department of Conservation's Hihi Recovery Group and is a member of the IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group.
Doug Armstrong is the Professor of Conservation Biology at Massey University in New Zealand. He has been involved in reintroduction since 1992, and has been the Oceania Chair of the IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group since 1997.
Kevin Parker is a post-doctoral fellow at Massey University, New Zealand. He is a member of the IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group.
Phil Seddon is an Associate Professor at the University of Otago and Director of the Department of Zoology's Postgraduate Wildlife Management Programme. Phil has been a member of the IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group (RSG) since 1995, and RSG Bird Section Chair since 1998.