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A Primer of Conservation Genetics

A Primer of Conservation Genetics

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  • Date Published: February 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521538275

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  • Intended for those with a limited background in genetic studies, this concise, entry-level text in conservation genetics is presented in a user-friendly format, with main points clearly highlighted. Solved problems are provided throughout to help illustrate key equations, although a basic knowledge of Mendelian genetics and simple statistics is assumed. A glossary and suggestions for further reading provide additional support for the reader. Numerous pen-and-ink portraits of endangered species bring the material to life. Also available: Introduction to Conservation Genetics "...balance[s] student need for clarity and brevity with the requirements of conservation professionals for detailed applications." Choice 0-521-63014-2 Hardback $130.00 C 0-521-63985-9 Paperback $50.00 D

    • Requires only a basic background in genetics
    • Presented in an easy-to-follow format, with main points and terms clearly highlighted
    • Worked examples provided throughout to help illustrate key equations
    • A glossary and suggestions for further reading provide additional support
    • Copiously illustrated with beautiful pen and ink portraits of endangered species
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    "The authors have provided a stellar description of the key genetic principles and issues in conservation genetics. The book is so well crafted in its narrative, explained with case studies and illustrated with lovely drawings, that it provides a non-intimidating and even pleasurable portal into this important field within conservation biology." Natural Areas Journal

    "This book will be a valuable asset for anyone involved with wildlife management who lacks a basic understanding of population genetics, and is perhaps intimidated by the increasing role of genetics in conservation planning and legal decision-making...The biggest strength of this book is its use of real-life examples, which serves to clarify difficult concepts and makes for an enjoyable read." - The Quarterly Review of Biology, Carla Hurt, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

    "...an undergraduate primer text in this discipline is very timely and relevant...a very nicely done book, and even though it is the only show in town at the moment on this topic in this format, we're fortunate that the first was in such good hands." - A. Rus Hoelzel, Durham University

    "A Primer of Conservation Genetics is ideal for absolute beginners as well as those seeking to consolidate knowledge. The authors bring to the book the wealth of their own experience in laboratory experimentation, hands-on genetic management and empirical data collection ... So will A Primer of Conservation Genetics lead to greater advantage being taken of the opportunities offered by conservation genetics to aid in the preservation of our wondrous mammalian diversity? I believe its effective promotion of a greater understanding of genetic concepts is a major step in the right direction."
    Australian Mammalogy Reviews

    "... as an introduction to conservation genetics for the undergraduate or novice practicioner, this books is excellent, and there is presently no other resource that covers the subject at this level. I strongly recommend it to anyone who is involved in conservation, in any context and at any level, but who lacks a basic understanding of the genetic issues that are increasingly being recognized as a great importance in conservation biology."
    Oryx

    "All you need is in this book ... This is only a primer, and an excellent one, so good students will want more. It provides exactly what it says on the cover."
    Biologist

    "I enjoyed reading the Primer of Conservation Genetics, and I would definitely recommend it as a first introduction to the field of conservation genetics."
    Plant Systematics and Evolution

    "...it is written in an easy-to-read style, gives a good overview (or refresher for the older ones of us) and provides interesting examples. I felt that the book could also serve as a textbook for a graduate course on population genetics ... I enjoyed reading the Primer of Conservation Genetics, and I would definitely recommend it as a first introduction to the field of conservation genetics."
    Plant Systematics and Evolution

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521538275
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 166 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Take home messages
    1. Introduction
    2. Genetic diversity
    3. Evolutionary genetics of natural populations
    4. Genetic consequences of small population size
    5. Genetics and extinction
    6. Resolving taxonomic uncertainties and defining management units
    7. Genetic management of endangered species in the wild
    8. Captive breeding and reintroduction
    9. Molecular genetics in forensics and understanding species biology
    Final messages
    Glossary
    Sources and copyright acknowledgements
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Conservation Genetics
  • Authors

    Richard Frankham, Macquarie University, Sydney
    Dick Frankham is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney.

    Jonathan D. Ballou, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington DC
    Jon Ballou is Head of the Division of Behaviour, Ecology and Population Biology in the Department of Conservation Biology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park.

    David A. Briscoe, Macquarie University, Sydney
    David Briscoe is Associate Professor at the Key Centre for Biodiversity and Bioresources, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney.

    Illustrated by

    Karina H. McInnes

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