Species Conservation and Management Species Conservation and Management: Case Studies

Edited by H. Resit Akçakaya, Mark Burgman, Oskar Kindvall, Chris C. Wood, Per Sjögren-Gulve, Jeff S. Hatfield, and Michael A. McCarthy

Available now from Oxford University Press.
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This edited volume is a collection of population and metapopulation models for a wide variety of species (see contents below). 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-ROM that includes a demo version of the program, and the model files for each of the 37 species.

The book is organized into 6 sections: plants, invertebrates, fishes, amphibians & reptiles, birds, and mammals. Each section starts with an introductory chapter summarizing the life history characteristics and methods of modeling common to the species in that particular taxonomic group. Each section has 6 or 7 chapters describing a population or metapopulation model for a species, and the application of the model to a conservation or management question.


1. Using Models for Species Conservation and Management: An Introduction

Section I. Plants
2. Strategies for Plant Population Viability Modeling: An Overview
3. Australian Shrub Grevillea caleyi: Recovery through Management of Fire and Predation
4. Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis) in Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, USA: Response to Blister Rust Infection
5. Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) in Southern Chile: Effects of Timber and Seed Harvest, Volcanic Activity, and Fire
6. Banksia goodii in Western Australia: Interacting Effects of Fire, Reproduction, and Plant Growth on Viability
7. Erodium paularense in Spain: Relevance of Microhabitats in Population Dynamics
8. Australian Heath Shrub (Epacris barbata): Viability under Management Options for Fire and Disease

Section II. Invertebrates
9. Modeling Invertebrates: An Overview
10. Carnivorous Land Snail Tasmaphena lamproides in Tasmania: Effects of Forest Harvesting
11. Bush Cricket Metrioptera bicolor in Sweden: Estimating Inter-patch Dispersal Rates
12. Puritan Tiger Beetle (Cicindela puritana) on the Connecticut River: Habitat Management and Translocation Alternatives
13. Giant Velvet Worm (Tasmanipatus barretti) in Tasmania, Australia: Effects of Planned Conversion of Native Forests to Plantations
14. Hermit Beetle (Osmoderma eremita) in a Fragmented Landscape: Predicting Occupancy Patterns
15. Woodland Brown Butterfly (Lopinga achine) in Sweden: Viability in a Dynamic Landscape Maintained by Grazing
16. The tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis in Kazakhstan: Transmission Dynamics in a Patchy Environment

Section III. Fishes
17. Modeling Viability of Fish Populations: An Overview
18. European Mudminnow (Umbra krameri) in the Austrian Floodplain of the River Danube: Conservation of an Indicator Species for Endangered Wetland Ecosystems in Europe
19. Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tsawytscha) in Puget Sound: Effects of Spatially Correlated Catastrophes on Persistence
20. Trout Cod (Muccullochella macquariensis) in the Murray River, Southeast Australia: Prioritizing Rehabilitation Efforts
21. Yellowtail Flounder (Limanda ferruginea) off the Northeastern United States: Implications of Movement among Stocks
22. Atlantic Herring (Clupea harengus) in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean: Dynamics of Nested Population Components under Several Harvest Regimes
23. Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasi) in Canada: Generic Framework for Evaluating Conservation Limits and Harvest Strategies

Section IV. Amphibians and Reptiles
24. Modeling Amphibians and Reptiles: An Overview
25. Great Crested Newts (Triturus cristatus) in Europe: Effects of Metapopulation Structure and Juvenile Dispersal on Population Persistence
26. Houston Toad (Bufo houstonensis) in Bastrop County, Texas: The Need for Protecting Multiple Subpopulations
27. Eastern Indigo Snakes (Drymarchon couperi) in Florida: Influence of Edge Effects on Population Viability
28. Frillneck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) in Northern Australia: Determining Optimal Fire-Management Regimes
29. Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis) in Central Sweden: Modeling Juvenile Reintroduction and Spatial Management Strategies for Metapopulation Establishment
30. Southern Great Barrier Reef Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydes) Stock: Consequences of Local Sex-biased Harvesting

Section V. Birds
31. Modeling Birds: An Overview
32. Yellow-shouldered Parrot (Amazona barbadensis) on the Islands of Margarita and La Blanquilla, Venezuela: Poaching and the Survival of a Threatened Species
33. Golden-Cheeked Warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia) in Texas: The Importance of Dispersal towards Persistence in a Metapopulation
34. Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) in Western Switzerland: Viability and Management of an Endangered Grouse Metapopulation
35. Seaside Sparrows (Ammodramus maritimus) in Connecticut: Projected Effects of Sea-level Rise
36. Helmeted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix) in Southern Australia: Assessing Options for Establishing a New Wild Population
37. Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans chionoptera) in the Southern Oceans: Effects of Dispersal and Density Dependence on the Persistence of an Island Metapopulation

Section VI. Mammals
38. Mammal Population Viability Modeling: An Overview
39. Snowshoe Hares (Lepus americanus) in the Western United States: movement in a dynamic managed landscape
40. Florida Key Deer (Odocoileus virginiaus clavium): Effects of Urban Development and Road Mortality
41. Turkish Mouflon (Ovis gmelinii anatolica) in Central Anatolia: Population Viability under Scenarios of Harvesting for Trophy
42. Sindh Ibex (Capra aegagrus blythi) in Kirthar National Park, Pakistan: Sensitivity of a Habitat and Population Model
43. Steller Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in the Pacific Rim: Biological Uncertainty and Extinction Risk
44. Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi): Using Models to Guide Recovery Efforts

Appendix: Using RAMAS GIS

The demo version of RAMAS GIS 4.0 that comes with Species Conservation and Management: Case Studies is intended only for viewing and running models developed with the regular version (e.g., the dozens of models included in the CD-ROM), but not for developing, creating, or modifying models. The demo version differs from the regular version in three ways: (1) It does not include a manual, but a complete set of help files is provided; these files contain most of the material in the manual. (2) It does not allow either creating a new model or modifying a model by changing its parameters. (3) You can run simulations, and examine the results, but you cannot save the results.