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Conservation Genetics in Mammals

Integrative Research Using Novel Approaches

Editors: Ortega, Jorge, Maldonado, Jesus E. (Eds.)

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  • Provides new insights on the use of molecular tools to answer questions related to population genetics in particular, and to propose conservation strategies for endangered mammalian species in general
  • Summarizes the available information on the current state and future prospects of conservation genomics in mammals
  • Written by prominent researchers in the field who are using the most innovative molecular tools and tackling the most compelling evolutionary questions in the field of conservation genetics
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This book focuses on the use of molecular tools to study small populations of rare and endangered mammals, and presents case studies that apply an evolutionary framework to address innovative questions in the emerging field of mammalian conservation genomics using a highly diverse set of novel molecular tools. Novel and more precise molecular technologies now allow experts in the field of mammology to interpret data in a more contextual and empirical fashion and to better describe the evolutionary and ecological processes that are responsible for the patterns they observe. 

The book also demonstrates how recent advances in genetic/genomic technologies have been applied to assess the impact of environmental/anthropogenic changes on the health of small populations of mammals. It examines a range of issues in the field of mammalian conservation genomics, such as the role that the genetic diversity of the immune system plays in disease protection and local adaptation; the use of noninvasive techniques and genomic banks as a resource for monitoring and restoring populations; the structuring of population by physical barriers; and genetic diversity. Further, by integrating research from a variety of areas – including population genetics, molecular ecology, systematics, and evolutionary and conservation biology – it enables readers to gain a deeper understanding of the conservation biology of mammals that are at increasing risk of extinction at local, regional and global scales. As such, it offers a unique resource for a broad readership interested in the conservation biology of mammals and conservation management strategies to better preserve biodiversity.

About the authors

Jorge Ortega obtained his doctorate on behavioral ecology under Hector Arita. He later pursued postdoctoral studies at the Smithsonian Institute, where he gained expertise in molecular biology. Currently he is developing projects on eco-immune genetics and genetic conservation of wildlife such as bats, whales and black bears. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Society of Bat Research, of the North American Bat Alliance, and of the IUCN Bat Specialist Group, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the American Society of Mammalogists.
Jesus Maldonado obtained his Ph.D. degree in Organismic Biology, Ecology and Evolution at the University of California Los Angeles. He then joined the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute where he has been a Research Geneticist at the Center for Conservation Genomics since 1998. His research applies molecular genetics tools to answer basic and applied questions in conservation and evolutionary biology in mammals. Much of his research involves assessment of genetic variation within and among populations and species to document levels of inbreeding and determine units of evolutionary, taxonomic and conservation significance. He developed a research program that follows an academic model, and most of his projects over the past several years are based on collaborations established with students, postdoctoral fellows and research scientists/curators at the Smithsonian and other academic institutions and conservation communities in Latin American, India, South East Asia and Africa. This allowed him to build a strong conservation genomics program that is international in scope. Beyond theoretical aspects of his research, outcomes from many studies have direct applications to helping address critical conservation issues in a variety of threatened and endangered mammals. He is also interested in studying micro-evolutionary processes that shape genetic variation and evolutionary trajectories, as well as landscape genetics and genomics. During the past 19 years, he has developed and utilized non-invasive genetic techniques and ancient DNA technologies for obtaining reliable information to study many elusive endangered mammal species. Maldonado has over 100 peer reviewed publications in scientific journals including Science, Molecular Ecology, PLoS ONE, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Proceedings Royal Society B and has served in the editorial board of several journals including the Journal of Mammalogy, Conservation Genetics, PLos ONE and Therya.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • A Modern Synthesis of Mammal Conservation Genetics

    Pages 3-11

    Koepfli, Klaus-Peter (et al.)

  • Tools for Monitoring Genetic Diversity in Mammals: Past, Present, and Future

    Pages 13-27

    Forcina, Giovanni (et al.)

  • Conservation Genetic Studies in Bats

    Pages 29-62

    Dool, Serena E.

  • Molecular Ecology of the Southern Gray Brocket Deer (Mazama gouazoubira Fischer, 1814)

    Pages 65-82

    González, Susana (et al.)

  • Noninvasive Genetics and Genomics Shed Light on the Status, Phylogeography, and Evolution of the Elusive Snow Leopard

    Pages 83-120

    Janecka, Jan E. (et al.)

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eBook 117,69 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conservation Genetics in Mammals
Book Subtitle
Integrative Research Using Novel Approaches
Editors
  • Jorge Ortega
  • Jesus E. Maldonado
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Smithsonian Institution
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-33334-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-33334-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-33333-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 378
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