Species Conservation and Management: Case Studies

Species Conservation and Management: Case Studies

Species Conservation and Management: Case Studies

Species Conservation and Management: Case Studies


This edited volume is a collection of population and metapopulation models for a wide variety of species, including plants, invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Each chapter of the book describes the application of RAMAS GIS 4.0 to one species, with the aim of demonstrating how various life history characteristics of the species are incorporated into the model, and how the results of the model has been or can be used in conservation and management of the species. The book comes with a CD that includes a demo version of the program, and the data files for each species.



Quantitative methods, especially modeling and population viability analysis (PVA) are increasingly important tools in the conservation and management of species. The increase in the use of these quantitative methods has increased the importance of developing and applying models correctly. There are several books on using models in species conservation and management (e.g., Burgman et al. 1993, Akçakaya et al. 1999, SjögrenGulve and Ebenhard 2000, Beissinger and McCullough 2002, Morris and Doak 2002). However, there is a shortage of examples and case studies, especially for species other than birds and mammals. This book is a collection of case studies of models applied to a variety of species. Each chapter uses one or several models to address conservation and management issues related to a particular species. These models are available on the CD-ROM included with the book.

The models are implemented in the population modeling and viability analysis software RAMAS GIS 4.0 (Akçakaya 2002). The CD-ROM contains a demonstration version of the software. An appendix describes how to install the program and open, inspect, and run the models. The chapters are organized into sections based on major taxonomic groups and represent a wide range of life histories. Each section starts with an introductory chapter that discusses the life history characteristics of that taxonomic group from the modeling point of view, and then presents an overview of the chapters in the section. This chapter includes two short introductions—to PVA and modeling and to RAMAS GIS—and discusses limitations of, and alternatives to, these approaches.

Short Introduction to Modeling and PVA

Modeling is a process of building simple, abstract representations (e.g., as mathematical equations) of complex systems (e.g., a biological population) to gain insights into . . .

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