By Tim Caro
In exactly the previous couple of years, behavioral ecologists have started to deal with concerns in conservation biology. This quantity is the 1st try to hyperlink those disciplines officially. the following top researchers discover present subject matters in conservation biology and talk about how behavioral ecology can give a contribution to a better realizing of conservation difficulties and conservation intervention courses. In every one bankruptcy, the authors establish a conservation factor, assessment the methods it's been addressed, assessment behavioral ecological facts concerning it, together with their very own, overview the strengths and weaknesses of the behavioral ecological technique, and recommend particular conservation concepts. The chapters juxtapose various reviews on a large choice of taxonomic teams. a few universal subject matters emerge, together with the ways that animal mating platforms impact inhabitants endurance, the jobs of dispersal and inbreeding avoidance for subject matters resembling reserve layout and potent inhabitants measurement, the major position of people in conservation matters, and the significance of baseline information for conservation tracking and modeling makes an attempt. every one bankruptcy sheds new gentle on conservation difficulties, generates cutting edge avenues of interdisciplinary learn, and indicates how conservation-minded behavioral ecologists can observe their services to a couple of an important questions we are facing at the present time.
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Protocols for breeding endangered species in captivity have paid close attention to inbreeding avoidance, and limited attempts at reintroductions have occurred. Only some of these areas can benefit from a behavioral ecological approach. A broad range of behavioral measures including information on grouping and territoriality are routinely used in captive breeding programs, monitoring strategies, and model construction. Competent antipredator behavior may affect the success of reintroduction attempts.
Behavioral ecological study has verified and quantified these variables and has thus given important resolution to conservation models (Goss-Custard and Sutherland, 1997) and species' recovery plans. Instead of arguing over whether such quantitative data belong in the realm of behavioral ecology or sophisticated natural history (as those skeptical of the relevance of behavioral ecology to conservation biology often do), it is more instructive to examine how new methods and findings from the behavioral and ecological sciences open up avenues for monitoring populations and predicting species' responses to anthropogenic pressures.
Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology by Tim Caro