Description - Evolutionary Conservation Biology by Regis Ferriere
As anthropogenic environmental changes spread and intensify across the planet, conservation biologists have to analyze dynamics at large spatial and temporal scales. Ecological and evolutionary processes are then closely intertwined. In particular, evolutionary responses to anthropogenic environmental change can be so fast and pronounced that conservation biology can no longer afford to ignore them. To tackle this challenge, currently disparate areas of conservation biology ought to be integrated into a unified framework. Bringing together conservation genetics, demography, and ecology, this book introduces evolutionary conservation biology as an integrative approach to managing species in conjunction with ecological interactions and evolutionary processes. Which characteristics of species and which features of environmental change foster or hinder evolutionary responses in ecological systems? How do such responses affect population viability, community dynamics, and ecosystem functioning? Under which conditions will evolutionary responses ameliorate, rather than worsen, the impact of environmental change?
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Author Biography - Regis Ferriere
Dr. Regis Ferriere is Professor of Mathematical Ecology in the Department of Ecology at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France and Associate Professor of Evolutionary Ecology in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. Dr. Ulf Dieckman is Project Leader, Adaptive Dynamics Network at the IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria. Dr. Denis Couvet is Professor at Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France and Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France.