"I have much enjoyed reading this text and recommend it highly to anybody who may be interested in general issues of conservation of animals or plants. It belongs into all zoo libraries and should be read by all who are responsible for any aspect of conservation."Journal of Heredity
“Conservation and the Genetics of Populations is an advanced undergraduate - introductory graduate text on conservation genetics, including introductions and examples of many of the new genetic developments… Allendorf and Luikart have produced a worthwhile text that shows how a conservation genetics and evolution framework can be used to understand important forces in conservation.”
TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution
"This important book provides a thorough understanding of the genetic basis of biological problems in conservation... essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of conservation genetics, natural resource management and conservation biology."
Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment
"An excellent, authoritative and scholarly book."
From the Back Cover
This important book provides a thorough understanding of the genetic basis of biological problems in conservation. Conservation and the Genetics of Populations
gives a comprehensive overview of the essential background, concepts, and tools needed to understand how genetic information can be used to develop conservation plans for species threatened with extinction.
Loss of biodiversity is among the greatest problems facing the world today, but thanks to new molecular technologies, statistical methods, and computer programs, genetic theories and methods are becoming increasingly useful in the conservation of biological diversity. Using a balance of data and theory, and basic and applied research, Conservation and the Genetics of Populations examines genetic and phenotypic variation in natural populations, the principles and mechanisms of evolutionary change, the interpretation of genetic data from natural populations, and how this may be applied to conservation. The book includes examples from both plants and animals, as well as from natural and captive populations.
Written in an accessible style, each chapter includes discussion questions and problems to aid understanding, and also features a "Guest Box" authored by leading people in the field. An associated website (www.blackwellpublishing.com/allendorf) contains solutions to questions, example data sets, and software programs to illustrate population genetic processes and methods of data analysis.
This book is essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of conservation genetics, natural resource management, and conservation biology, as well as professional conservation biologists working for wildlife and habitat management agencies.