Consciously or not, wildlife managers generally act from a theoretical basis, although they may not be fully versed in the details or ramifications of that theory. In practice, the predictions of the practitioners sometimes prove more accurate than those of the theoreticians. Practitioners and theoreticians need to work together, but this proves difficult when new management ideas and cutting-edge ecological theory are often published in separate scientific outlets with distinctly different readerships.
A compilation of the scientific papers presented at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute's 25th Anniversary Conference of April 2006, Wildlife Science: Linking Ecological Theory and Management Applications brings together these two often separate approaches to elucidate the theoretical underpinnings of wildlife management and to apply evolving ecological concepts to changes and adaptations in management practices. Gathering many of the best and greatest minds in wildlife science, this volume addresses the critically important theme of linking ecological theory and management applications. Divided into five parts, the first two parts deal with the landscape ecology of birds and mammals respectively, demonstrating the need for applied theory in gamebird management and the preservation of the cougar. Part three highlights the role of climate when applying ecological theory to habitat management and discusses the emergence of ecosystem management in managing wildlife at the ecosystem scale. Part four considers the management of wildlife disease and reveals the increasing importance of genetics in conservation and ecology. Finally, the economic and social issues affecting wildlife science round out the coverage in part five.
Applying emerging ecological theory for the advancement of wildlife management, Wildlife Science: Linking Ecological Theory and Management Applications provides a long awaited cooperative look at the future of ecosystem management.
". . . it is a fine addition to the libraries of professional wildlife biologists at field stations, wildlife refuges, and regional offices of agencies."
– James H. Shaw, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, in The Journal of Wildlife Management, 2008, Vol. 72, No. 3
Linking Ecological Theory and Management Applications, F.C. Bryant
Conservation and Management for Migratory Birds: Insights from Population Data and Theory in the Case of White-Winged Dove, J.H. Rappole, A.S. Pine, D.A. Swanson, and G.L. Waggerman
Avian Ecology at the Landscape Scale in South Texas: Applying Metapopulation Theory to Grassland Bird Conservation, W.P. Kuvlesky, Jr., L.A. Brennan, B.M. Ballard, and T.M. Langschied
Global Biodiversity Conservation: We Need More Managers and Better Theorists, G.R. Potts
Upland Game Bird Management: Linking Theory and Practice in South Texas, L.A. Brennan, F. Hernandez, W.P. Kuvlesky, and F.S. Guthery
An Ecological Basis for Management of Wetland Birds, G.A. Baldassarre
Linking Waterfowl Ecology and Management: A Texas Gulf Coast Perspective, B.M. Ballard
Conserving the Cats, Cougar as a Model: A Review, M.G. Hornocker
Effects of Drought on Bobcats, Ocelots, and Their Prey, M.E. Tewes and M.G. Hornocker
Seeing the World through the Nose of a Bear - Diversity of Foods Fosters Behavioral and Demographic Stability, D.L. Garshelis and K.V. Noyce
Metapopulations, Food, and People: Bear Management in Northern Mexico, D.G. Hewitt and D.L. Doan-Crider
Ecology, Evolution, Economics, and Ungulate Management, M. Festa-Bianchet
Density Dependence in Deer Populations: Relevance for Management in Variable Environments, C.A. DeYoung, D.L. Drawe, T.E. Fulbright, D.G. Hewitt, S.W. Stedman, D.R. Synatzske, and J.G. Teer
From the Management of Single Species to Ecosystem Management, J.W. Thomas
Applying Ecological Theory to Habitat Management: The Altering Effects of Climate, T.E. Fulbright, J.A. Ortega-S., A. Rasmussen, and E.J. Redecker
ANIMAL HEALTH AND GENETICS
The Introduction and Emergence of Wildlife Diseases in North America, R.G. McLean
Wildlife Disease Management: An Insurmountable Challenge?, S.E. Henke, T.A. Campbell, and A.M. Fedynich
Conservation Genetics of Marine Turtles: Ten Years Later, J.C. Avise
Genetics and Applied Management: Using Genetic Methods to Solve Emerging Wildlife Management Problems, R. W. DeYoung
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ISSUES AFFECTING WILDLIFE SCIENCE
Society, Science, and the Economy: Exploring the Emerging New Order in Wildlife Conservation, S.P. Mahoney and J.N. Weir
Wildlife and Ranching: From Externality to Profit Center, B.H. Dunn