Introduction to Conservation Genetics by Richard Frankham download in iPad, ePub, pdf
Since Chi-square analyses are a handy population genetics tool and the authors include Chi-square analyses in their text and problems, a table of Chi-square values would prove helpful. His career has focused on developing the science underlying the practical management of small populations of endangered or threatened species, both captive and wild. Many chapters also list software tools available to researchers, but they are rarely utilized in the problems. Australia's Living Wealth to which he contributed.
Section one covers some basic evolutionary genetics, focusing on topics such as genetic diversity which are central to conservation and omitting topics such as game theory. None of this intrudes much, however, though one chapter is broken into two to make units more suitably sized for lectures. It covers loss of genetic diversity, inbreeding and inbreeding depression, population fragmentation, and attempts to define the notion of a genetically viable population. For those not up to this, or wanting something more concise, there's a shorter Primer of Conservation Genetics by the same authors.
While hardly abject disappointments, the end-of-chapter sections may be the weak point of the text. Since computations tools can be very daunting to use, an instructor may find it beneficial to develop exercises utilizing these programs. The resulting text maintains an impressive fluidity and is both thorough and instructive, but it has a few weaknesses worth mentioning. While some could stand to have their derivations presented, the overall text provides excellent instruction on the use and utility of the included equations. The explanations are clear and straightforward, with diagrams used effectively, and there are plenty of illustrative examples.
They are grayscale illustrations, which limit their impact, but still enhance the reading and learning experience. From start to finish, Conservation Genetics maintains a coherent flow of information. Each chapter builds upon, and frequently incorporates, lessons from previous chapters while reinforcing critical concepts. Indeed, both should find this text a useful foundation for the learning and teaching of conservation genetics. As a textbook, Introduction to Conservation Genetics is quite well written.
He began his career in quantitative genetics, achieving international recognition for his work on Drosophila before turning to conservation genetics in the early s. As the book progresses, more complex formulae are introduced, as are formulae that can be derived from previously presented equations. He is a major figure in the discipline and was awarded a D. The book also includes impressively instructive illustrations to diagram gene-flow schemes, pedigrees, and other complex examples. Altogether, the vast majority of equations are utilized in such examples.
The results of his studies have been instrumental in highlighting the key role played by genetics in wildlife conservation and management. While there are noted weaknesses, they are not egregious, and can be easily overcome by an interested student or a creative instructor.
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