Evolutionary Conservation Biology

Ferriere R, Dieckmann U, & Couvet D (2004). Evolutionary Conservation Biology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-82700-0 DOI:10.2277/0521827000.

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Abstract

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 dispare 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 susch responses affect population viability, community dynamics, and ecosystem functioning? Under which conditions will evolutionary responses ameliorate, rather than worsen, the impact of environmental change? this book shows that the grand challenge for evolutionary conservation biology is to identify strategies for managing genetic and ecological conditions such as to ensure the continued operation of favorable evolutionary processes in natural systems embedded in a rapidly changing world.

Item Type: Book
Research Programs: Adaptive Dynamics Network (ADN)
Bibliographic Reference: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK (2004)
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Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:16
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2016 12:27
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/7263

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