Introduction to Conservation Genetics


Introduction to Conservation Genetics
  • By Richard Frankham


    By Jonathan D. Ballou


    By David A. Briscoe


    Illustrated by Karina H. McInnes

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

    Online Publication Date:June 2012

    Online ISBN:9780511808999

    Hardback ISBN:9780521630146

    Paperback ISBN:9780521639859

  • Book DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511808999

    Subjects: Ecology and conservation , Genetics

This textbook provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to the importance of genetic studies in conservation. The text is presented in an easy-to-follow format with main points and terms clearly highlighted. Each chapter concludes with a concise summary, which together with worked examples, problems and answers, emphasize the key principles covered. Text boxes containing interesting case studies and other additional information enrich the content throughout. Over 100 beautiful pen and ink portraits of endangered species help bring the material to life.


 Reviews:

"This book represents...the first (and long overdue) textbook focussing entirely on conservation genetics and the authors should be commended for doing a great job in putting it together. ...the book is an absolute must for students, staff and the layman interested in conservation genetics." African Zoology

"This book represents, to my knowledge, the first (and long overdue) textbook focussing entirely on conservation genetics and the authors should be commended for doing a great job putting it together. ...the book is an absolute must for students, staff and the layman interested in conservation genetics." African Zoology

"The greenhorn and the seasoned researcher alike will benefit from a reference copy on their shelves." Endangered Species

"Finally there is a single source that clearly and lucidly explains the importance of genetics to conservation--this book will become a standard reference for the field." Ecology

"Other than students of conservation genetics, this book is very highly recommended reading for all wildlife managers and researchers and in particular, ecological consultants and government scientists who have to take into consideration aspects of conservation genetics in their daily advice or assessment work...well edited and written so it is delightfully easy to read." Pacific Conservation Biology

"...given its breadth and up-to-date treatment of the literature, the text should be of considerable value to students interested in conservation genetics and to the professional who needs a complete reference." TRENDS in Genetics

"The authors have balanced student need for clarity and brevity with the requirements of conservation professionals for detailed applications... Other recent volumes dealing with conservation genetics are more limited in scope or are collections of case studies, so this volume meets the need for a comprehensive work." Choice

"...in their remarkable book on conservation genetics, Frankham, Ballou, and Briscoe document that genetic deterioration is a problem for many threatened and endangered species. Further, they provide background and examples for understanding how genetic deterioration occurs and how it can sometimes be overcome by judicious management...Frankham et al. show appreciation for the insight that comes from simplified theoretical models and balance this by discussing the shortcomings such models typically have for direct application to real-life situations. Their advocacy of computer simulations for such purposes, with pointers to currently available software, is almost unique...important...beautifully put together and illustrated...I anticipate that this book and its successors will be the standard text and reference for years to come." Conservation Biology

'… much more than an 'introduction' to conservation genetics, it is an in-depth treatment of the subject suitable as a university textbook and for professionals in the field.' Josephine Pemberton, University of Edinburgh

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