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Introduction to Conservation Genetics
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Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Genetics and extinction; Part I. Evolutionary Genetics of Natural Populations: 3. Genetic diversity; 4. Characterizing genetic diversity: single loci; 5. Characterizing genetic diversity: quantitative variation; 6. Evolution in large populations: natural selection and adaptation; 7. Evolution in large populations: mutation, migration and their interactions with selection; 8. Evolution in small populations; 9. Maintenance of genetic diversity; Part II. Effects of Population Size Reduction: 10. Loss of genetic diversity in small populations; 11. Inbreeding; 12. Inbreeding depression; 13. Population fragmentation; 14. Genetically viable populations; Part III. From Theory to Practice: 15. Resolving taxonomic uncertainties and defining management units; 16. Genetics and management of wild populations; 17. Genetic management of captive populations; 18. Genetic management for reintroduction; 19. Use of molecular genetics in forensics and to understand species biology; 20. The broader context: Population Viability Analysis (PVA); Take home messages from this book; Revision problems; Glossary; Answers to problems; References; Index.

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The first teaching text in the developing field of conservation genetics.

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Dick Frankham is Professor of Biology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He began his career in quantitative genetics, achieving international recognition for his work on Drosophila before turning to conservation genetics in the early 1990s. He has made a significant contribution to the establishment and advancement of the field and has become one of the major figures in the discipline. This has been recognised by his inclusion in '2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century'. Jon Ballou is Population Manager at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park in Washington DC, USA and an adjunct member of the faculty at the University of Maryland. His career has focused on developing the science underlying the practical management of small populations of endangered or threatened species, both captive and wild. The results of his studies have been instrumental in highlighting the key role played by genetics in wildlife conservation and management. David Briscoe is Associate Professor of Biology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia where he has been a close collaborator with Dick Frankham on Drosophila research, as well as working with others on rock wallabies, velvet worms and slime molds. An outstanding communicator, his inspirational teaching enthuses students at all levels and reaches beyond the academic sphere through television appearances and popular level books such as Biodiversity: Australia's Living Wealth to which he contributed.

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'... an excellent introduction to population and quantitative genetics ... Introduction to Conservation Genetics is an important book; it has authoritative reviews and lucid descriptions of population and quantitative genetics. it is beautifully put together and illustrated ... I anticipate that this book and its successors will be the standard text and reference for years to come.' Charles E. Taylor, Conservation Biology
'At last, a stand-alone text on conservation genetics! ... this important book should be compulsory reading ...'. Pacific Conservation Biology
' ... fills an empty niche and should provide a nice foundation for courses in conservation genetics ... 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 Ecology & Evolution 'Conservation genetics is a new and applied discipline and is in need of an introductory treatment; Introduction to Conservation Genetics fills that gap.' TRENDS in Ecology & Evolution
'... a good introduction to the topic. There are strong diagrams to aid understanding and a range of summaries, reading lists and problems to stretch the mind further.' TEG News
'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 in putting it together ... the book is an absolute must for students staff and the layman interested in conservation genetics.' African Zoology
'... a very welcome addition to my library ... we finally have a text that does a good job of integrating population and evolutionary genetic theory with real-world conservation genetic examples and applications.' BioScience
'... an in-depth treatment of the subject suitable ... as a university textbook and for professionals in the field.' Journal of Genetical Research
'... an important book; it is ambitious in scope and scale and is likely to be the standard text and reference for years to come.' Journal of Insect Conservation
'... 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
"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

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