• PART I: INTRODUCTION
2:Phenotypic Variation in Natural Populations
3:Genetic Variation in Natural Populations
• PART II: MECHANISMS OF EVOLUTIONARY CHANGE
5:Random Mating Populations: Hardy-Weinberg Principle
6:Small Populations and Genetic Drift
7:Effective Population Size
10:Beyond Individual Loci
• PART III: EVOLUTIONARY RESPONSE TO ANTHROPOGENIC CHANGES
• PART IV: CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT
18:Demography and Extinction
20:Units of Conservation
21:Conservation Breeding and Restoration
24:Conservation Genetics in Practice, guest chapter author Helen R. Taylor
The relentless loss of biodiversity is among the greatest problems facing the world today. The third edition of this established textbook provides an updated and comprehensive overview of the essential background, concepts, and tools required to understand how genetics can be used to conserve species, reduce threat of extinction, and manage species of ecological or commercial importance. This edition is thoroughly revised to reflect the major contribution of genomics to conservation of populations and species. It includes two new chapters: "Genetic Monitoring" and a final "Conservation Genetics in Practice" chapter that addresses the role of science and policy in conservation genetics.
New genomic techniques and statistical analyses are crucial tools for the conservation geneticist. This accessible and authoritative textbook provides an essential toolkit grounded in population genetics theory, coupled with basic and applied research examples from plants, animals, and microbes. The book examines genetic and phenotypic variation in natural populations, the principles and mechanisms of evolutionary change, evolutionary response to anthropogenic change, and applications in conservation and management.
Conservation and the Genomics of Populations helps demystify genetics and genomics for conservation practitioners and early career scientists, so that population genetic theory and new genomic data can help raise the bar in conserving biodiversity in the most critical 20 year period in the history of life on Earth. It is aimed at a global market of applied population geneticists, conservation practitioners, and natural resource managers working for wildlife and habitat management agencies. It will be of particular relevance and use to upper undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in conservation biology, conservation genetics, and wildlife management.
• Provides the conceptual understanding to apply genetics and genomics to problems in conservation
• Achieves a balance between theory, empirical data, and statistical analysis with practical examples
• Additional teaching resources including artwork and test questions available on a companion website
• Each chapter features an invited Guest Box written by a world expert in that topic
New to this Edition:
• Thoroughly revised to reflect the major new contribution of genomics to conservation of populations and species
• Increased emphasis on genomics includes two new co-authors providing a greater range of expertise with the application of genomics to conservation
• Features two completely new chapters: one on "Genetic Monitoring" and a closing chapter entitled "Conservation Genetics in Practice", guest authored by Helen R. Taylor and addressing the role of science and policy in conservation genetics
• Fred W. Allendorf, Regents Professor Emeritus, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana.
• W. Chris Funk, Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University.
• Sally N. Aitken, Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia.
• Margaret Byrne, Executive Director, Biodiversity and Conservation Science, Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Government of Western Australia.
• Gordon Luikart, Professor, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana