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Foundations for Advancing Animal Ecology

Michael L. Morrison, Leonard A. Brennan, Bruce G. Marcot, William M. Block, and Kevin S. McKelvey

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A look at how wildlife professionals can modernize their approaches to habitat and population management with a fresh take on animal ecology.

How can we maximize the probability that a species of wild animal will persist into the future? This audacious book proposes that advancing animal ecology—and conservation itself—demands that we reenvision our basic understanding of how animals interact with their environments and with each other.

Synthesizing where we are and where we need to go with our studies of animals and their environs, Foundations for Advancing Animal Ecology asserts that studies…

A look at how wildlife professionals can modernize their approaches to habitat and population management with a fresh take on animal ecology.

How can we maximize the probability that a species of wild animal will persist into the future? This audacious book proposes that advancing animal ecology—and conservation itself—demands that we reenvision our basic understanding of how animals interact with their environments and with each other.

Synthesizing where we are and where we need to go with our studies of animals and their environs, Foundations for Advancing Animal Ecology asserts that studies of animal ecology should begin with a focus on the behaviors and characteristics of individual organisms. The book examines

• the limitations of classic approaches to the study of animal ecology
• how organisms organize into collections, such as breeding pairs, flocks, and herds
• how the broader biotic and abiotic environment shapes animal populations, communities, and ecosystems
• factors underlying the distribution and abundance of species through space and time
• the links between habitat and population
• why communication between researchers and managers is key
• specific strategies for managing wild animal populations and habitats in an evolutionary and ecosystem context

Throughout, the authors stress the importance of speaking a common and well-defined language. Avoiding vague and misleading terminology, they argue, will help ecologists translate science into meaningful and lasting actions in the environment. Taking the perspective of the organism of interest in developing concepts and applications, the authors always keep the potentially biased human perspective in focus.

A major advancement in understanding the factors underlying wildlife-habitat relationships, Foundations for Advancing Animal Ecology will be an invaluable resource to professionals and practitioners in natural resource management in public and private sectors, including state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and environmental consultants.

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Considering the behaviors and characteristics of individual organisms as a foundation, this book encourages readers to be critical of wildlife studies and our approach to understanding the ecology and habitat of the animals we manage. This is a critically important learning objective for students in wildlife ecology and conservation.

The authors' approach of identifying interacting individual animals is original and arguably necessary to gather meaningful results that will inform land management practices compatible with species persistence. This approach provides a new paradigm for study design in research on wildlife-habitat relationships.

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208
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9781421439198
Illustration Description
6 b&w photos, 20 b&w illus., 12 maps, 11 graphs
Table of Contents

Preface
About the Authors
Chapter 1. Operating Concepts for Animal Ecology
Chapter 2. The Study of Habitat: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective
Chapter 3. Heterogeneity and Disturbance
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Preface
About the Authors
Chapter 1. Operating Concepts for Animal Ecology
Chapter 2. The Study of Habitat: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective
Chapter 3. Heterogeneity and Disturbance
Chapter 4. The Evolutionary Perspective: Linking Habitat to Population
Chapter 5. Species Occurrence in Time and Space: Synthesis and Advancement
Chapter 6. Managing Wild Animal Populations and Habitats in an Evolutionary and Ecosystem Context
Chapter 7. Putting Concepts into Practice: Guidelines for Developing Study Plans
Index

Author Bios
Michael L. Morrison
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Michael L. Morrison

Michael L. Morrison is a professor and the Caesar Kleberg Chair of wildlife ecology and conservation at Texas A&M University. He is the author of Restoring Wildlife: Ecological Concepts and Practical Applications and the coauthor of Wildlife-Habitat Relationships: Concepts and Applications and Wildlife Study Design.
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Leonard A. Brennan

Leonard A. Brennan is a research scientist and is the C. C. Winn Endowed Chair for Quail Research Professor at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University–Kingsville. He is the coeditor of Quantitative Analyses in Wildlife Science.
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Bruce G. Marcot

Bruce G. Marcot is a research wildlife biologist with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, and the coauthor of Wildlife-Habitat Relationships: Concepts and Applications.
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William M. Block

William M. Block is scientist emeritus with the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. He is the coauthor of Wildlife Study Design.
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Kevin S. McKelvey

Kevin S. McKelvey is a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. He is the coauthor of Ecology and Conservation of Lynx in the United States.