Analysis and Management of Animal Populations - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781493302161, 9780080574721

Analysis and Management of Animal Populations

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781493302161
eBook ISBN: 9780080574721
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 17th April 2002
Page Count: 817
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Analysis and Management of Animal Populations deals with the processes involved in making informed decisions about the management of animal populations. It covers the modeling of population responses to management actions, the estimation of quantities needed in the modeling effort, and the application of these estimates and models to the development of sound management decisions. The book synthesizes and integrates in a single volume the methods associated with these themes, as they apply to ecological assessment and conservation of animal populations.

Key Features

Key Features *Integrates population modeling, parameter estimation and decision-theoretic approaches to management in a single, cohesive framework

  • Provides authoritative, state-of-the-art descriptions of quantitative approaches to modeling, estimation and decision-making
  • Emphasizes the role of mathematical modeling in the conduct of science and management
  • Utilizes a unifying biological context, consistent mathematical notation, and numerous biological examples


Faculty, researchers, graduate students and advanced undergraduates in animal ecology, biometrics, quantitative ecology, conservation biology, fish and wildlife biology, wildlife policy, natural resource sciences, and land management.

Table of Contents


Part I: Framework for Modeling, Estimation, and Management of Animal Populations Introduction to Population Ecology. Scientific Process in Animal Ecology. Models and the Investigation of Populations. Estimation and Hypothesis Testing in Animal Ecology. Survey Sampling and the Estimation of Population Parameters. Design of Experiments in Animal Ecology.

Part II: Dynamic Modeling of Animal Populations Principles of Model Development and Assessment. Traditional Models of Population Dynamics. Model Identification with Time Series Data. Stochastic Processes in Population Models. The Use of Models in Conservation and Management.

Part III: Estimation Methods for Animal Populations Estimating Abundance Based on Counts. Estimating Abundance with Distance-Based Methods. Estimating Abundance for Closed Populations with Capture-Recapture Methods. Estimation of Demographic Parameters. Estimation of Survival Rates with Band Recoveries. Estimating Survival, Movement, and Other State Transitions with Mark-Recapture Methods. Estimating Abundance and Recruitment for Open Populations with Mark-Recapture Methods. Combining Closed and Open Mark-Recapture Models: The Robust Design. Estimation of Community Parameters.

Part IV: Decision Analysis for Animal Populations Optimal Decision Making in Population Biology. Traditional Approaches to Optimal Decision Analysis. Modern Approaches to Optimal Decision Analysis. Uncertainty, Learning, and Decision Analysis. Case Study: Management of the


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"...certainly a 'must-have' for any Institute library in the relevant disciplines, and might usefully adorn the shelves of the more statistically literate researcher." -IBIS (2004) "...the book ecologists have long sought to help them find their way around in the huge and rather technical literature on population ecology. Students will find it a gold mine. ...Professional ecologists will find a solid reference book within which to look up things. And managers and conservation biologists will find a book in which they can learn what the theoretical platform for management of wildlife populations ought to be." -Nils Chr. Stenseth for SCIENCE (October 2002) "This book is as important for its conceptual framework as for its comprehensive review of modern methods of population analysis. Modelling and data analysis are too often viewed as separate from, even at odds with, each other. The authors demonstrate convincingly that this is not the case, by an integrated treatment of population models, the statistics that link them to data, and the decision analyses that make them useful in management." -Hal Caswell, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (January 2002) "This well-organized book thoroughly covers an excellent variety of important topics. It will be useful as a textbook in multiple undergraduate and graduate-level courses and it will be a key reference book for working wildlife professionals. The authors have successfully accomplished a challenging task: it integrates reviews of population dynamics theory, modern estimation methods, and how to make optimal management decisions in the real world." -Jay Rotella, Ecology Dept, Montana State University (January 2002) "This is a major synthesis of literature covering nearly all aspects of population analysis and management, including sampling, estimation, model choice, analysis, and optimal decision-making."