Quantitative Conservation of Vertebrates
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Quantitative Conservation of Vertebrates by Michael J. Conroy
Book DescriptionThis book provides a hands-on introduction to the construction and application of models to studies of vertebrate distribution, abundance, and habitat. The book is aimed at field biologists, conservation planners, and advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students who are involved with planning and analyzing conservation studies, and applying the results to conservation decisions. The book also acts as a bridge to more advanced and mathematically challenging coverage in the wider literature. Part I provides a basic background in population and community modeling. It introduces statistical models, and familiarizes the reader with important concepts in the design of monitoring and research programs. These programs provide the essential data that guide conservation decision making. Part II covers the principal methods used to estimate abundance, occupancy, demographic parameters, and community parameters, including occupancy sampling, sample counts, distance sampling, and capture-mark-recapture (for both closed and open populations). Emphasis is placed on practical aspects of designing and implementing field studies, and the proper analysis of data. Part III introduces structured decision making and adaptive management, in which predictive models are used to inform conservation decision makers on appropriate decisions in the face of uncertainty-with the goal of reducing uncertainty through monitoring and research. A detailed case study is used to illustrate each of these themes. Numerous worked examples and accompanying electronic material (on a website and accompanying CD) provide the details of model construction and application, and data analysis.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781405182287
(247mm x 177mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael J. Conroy
Decision Making in Natural Resource Management, Paperback (February 2013)
Intended for use by natural resource managers and scientists, as well as by students in the fields of natural resource management, ecology, and conservation biology, this book takes readers through the process of developing a structured approach to decision making.
Quantitative Conservation of Vertebrates, Hardback (January 2009)
The conservation of vertebrate populations is a large component of many conservation projects and courses. This book offers a readable and comprehensive guide to conservation study techniques including the use of computer models, data analysis and study design, population monitoring, and decision making.
Analysis and Management of Animal Populations, Hardback (May 2002)» View all books by Michael J. Conroy
Deals with the processes involved in making informed decisions about the management of animal populations. This work utilizes a unifying biological context, consistent mathematical notation, and numerous biological examples. It provides descriptions of quantitative approaches to modeling, estimation and decision-making.
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Author Biography - Michael J. Conroy
Dr Michael J. Conroy has nearly 30 years of experience in developing sampling approaches, statistical estimation methods, and modeling for a wide variety of natural resource management problems. He is the author of numerous publications in applied quantitative approaches, and is coauthor on the widely acclaimed volume by Williams et al. (2002). He is currently Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management at the University of Georgia, and Assistant Unit Leader of the Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He is literate in Spanish and has taught short courses on quantitative methods in the US, Spain, India, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Argentina. Dr John P. Carroll has been researching conservation issues relative to the Galliformes for more than 20 years. He is Chair of the World Pheasant Association/BirdLife/IUCN Species Survival Commission Partridge, Quail, and Francolin Specialist Group. He is author of numerous publications on the biology and conservation of Galliformes and the effects of agricultural practices on wildlife. He is currently Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. He has taught short courses on field research methods and techniques in Malaysia, Nepal, and India.
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