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Sampling Rare or Elusive Species

Information regarding population status and abundance of rare species plays a key role in resource management decisions. Ideally, data should be collected using statistically sound sampling methods, but by their very nature, rare or elusive species pose a difficult sampling challenge.
Sampling Rare or Elusive Species describes the latest sampling designs and survey methods for reliably estimating occupancy, abundance, and other population parameters of rare, elusive, or otherwise hard-to-detect plants and animals. It offers a mixture of theory and application, with actual examples from terrestrial, aquatic, and marine habitats around the world.
Sampling Rare or Elusive Species is the first volume devoted entirely to this topic and provides natural resource professionals with a suite of innovative approaches to gathering population status and trend data. It represents an invaluable reference for natural resource professionals around the world, including fish and wildlife biologists, ecologists, biometricians, natural resource managers, and all others whose work or research involves rare or elusive species.
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William L. Thompson is an ecologist/biometrician with the National Park Service in Anchorage, Alaska, where he helps design long-term monitoring programs for plants and animals in five national parks in southwestern Alaska. He is senior author of Monitoring Vertebrate Populations (Academic Press, 1998).


"This book is a valuable compilation of essays on a key topic of increasing importance in conservation biology. The contributors include some of the best quantitative thinkers in biology, and the book chapters are well written, thoughtfully organized, and very informative. The integration of theory and application is a strong point of the book. An essential addition to the libraries of scientists and practitioners in wildlife biology." --Byron K. Williams "Many methods for surveying wildlife populations have been developed in recent decades, but rare and elusive species test these methods to the limit. Attention is focused on such species more than ever before for various reasons, including the anticipated effects of climate change, and the international commitment to reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. Ingenuity, sound methodology, and technology are essential ingredients for expanding the range of populations that can be reliably surveyed. All three ingredients are in plentiful supply in this book, which will give inspiration to conservation biologists faced with the need to survey problematic species." --Stephen T. Buckland "This well-written and thorough coverage of sampling approaches for rare or elusive species establishes a new standard for conservation scientists. Careful attention to the principles in this book will enable biologists to design rigorous studies for estimating population parameters for this difficult group of organisms. Unlike ad hoc approaches still commonly in use, the methods espoused in this book will produce results that are scientifically credible and repeatable, enabling valid comparisons over space and time. Sampling Rare or Elusive Species is a major advance for conservation biology, and needs to be consulted by anyone contemplating field studies of rare or elusive organisms." --Michael J. Conroy "After reading this book, you will have a good appreciation of general difficulties associated with monitoring rare species but also many ideas to accomplish the task.... Overall, I highly recommend this book. It is well written and informative; the authors should be credited for synthesizing very relevant information for a sub-discipline in great need of credible methodology. For the wildlife ecologist tasked with monitoring rare or elusive species, but uncertain how, this book serves as an essential step to achieve success. For students or professionals interested in the science of rare and elusive species, consider this a must-read. For those afraid of another book full of equations, don't be; Thompson and coauthors, though no doubt capable of writing technical jargon, did a fantastic job funneling their knowledge into a very readable, informative and, dare I say, enjoyable book on sampling."--Stewart W. Breck"Wildlife Society Bulletin" (09/01/2006) "The contributors include some of the best quantitative thinkers in biology, and the book chapters are well written, thoughtfully organized, and very informative...An essential addition to the libraries of scientists and practitioners in wildlife biology."--Byron K. Williams "chief, USGS Cooperative Research Units "

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