Publications in Conservation Behavior


This web page has been created as source of review and conceptually based publications on the interface of conservation and behavioral biology. The references below provide an overview on how conservation efforts have been aided through a better understanding of behavior. These references are not an exhaustive list nor are they intended to present empirical papers or Case Studies.. List compiled by J. Cully Nordby and the ABS-Conservation Committee.

Books and Edited Volumes

Caro , T. (ed.). 1998. Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology. Oxford University Press, New York, New York.

Clemmons, J.R., and R. Buchholz (eds.). 1997. Behavioral Approaches to Conservation in the Wild. Cambridge University Press, New York, New York.

Festa-Bianchet , M. and M. Apollonio (eds.) 2003. Animal Behavior and Wildlife Conservation. Island Press, Washington, D.C.

Gosling, L.M., and W.J. Sutherland (eds.). 2000. Behaviour and Conservation. Cambridge University Press, New York, New York.

Sutherland, W.J. 1996. From Individual Behaviour to Population Ecology. Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution. Oxford University Press, New York, New York.

Symposia Proceedings

Helfman , G. S. (ed.) 1999. Behavior and fish conservation. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 55, 7-201. [15 contributed papers]

Ulfstrand , S. (ed.) 1996, Behavioural ecology as a tool in conservation biology. Oikos. 77, 183-237. [7 contributed papers]

Reviews and Opinion

Anthony, L. L. and Blumstein, D. T. 2000. Integrating behaviour into wildlife conservation: the multiple ways that behaviour can reduce N e. Biological Conservation, 95, 303-315.

Blumstein, D.T. 2002.   Moving to suburbia:   ontogenetic and evolutionary consequences of life on predator-free islands.   Journal of Biogeography, 29, 685-692.

Blumstein, D.T.   1998.   Female preferences and effective population size. Animal Conservation 1:173-177.

Caro , T. M. 1999. The behaviour-conservation interface. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 14, 366-369.

Curio, E. 1996. Conservation needs ethology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 11, 260-263.

Fisher, B. L. 1998. Insect behavior and ecology in conservation: preserving functional species interactions. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 91: 155-158.

Fenton, M.B. 1997. Science and the conservation of bats. Journal of Mammology, 78, 1-14.

Goss-Custard, J.D. and Sutherland, W.J. 1997. Individual behaviour, populations and conservation. In J.R. Krebs and N.B. Davies (eds.) Behavioural Ecology: an Evolutionary Approach 4th ed. pp. 373-395 Blackwell Science: Malden, Massachusetts.

Griffin , A. S., Blumstein, D. T. & Evans, C. S. 2000. Training captive-bred or translocated animals to avoid predators. Conservation Biology, 14, 1317-1326.

Harcourt, A. H. 1999. The behaviour-conservation interface. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 14, 490.

Hofer, H. and East, M.L. 1998. Biological conservation and stress. Advances in the Study of Behavior, 27, 405-525

Holway , D. A. and Suarez, A. V. 1999. Animal behavior: an essential component of invasion biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 14, 328-330.

Kokko , H. and Sutherland, W. J. 2001. Ecological traps in changing environments: ecological and evolutionary consequences of a behaviorally mediated Allee effect. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 3, 537-551.

Lindburg , D. G. and Fitch-Snyder, H. 1994. Use of behavior to evaluate reproductive problems in captive mammals. Zoo Biology, 13, 433-445.

Lima , S. L., and Zollner, P. A. 1996. Towards a behavioral ecology of ecological landscapes. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 11, 131-135.

Reed, J. M. 1999. The role of behavior in recent avian extinctions and endangerments. Conservation Biology 13, 232-241.

Reed, J. M. and Dobson, A. P. 1993. Behavioural constraints and conservation biology: conspecific attraction and recruitment. Trends in Ecology and Evolution,  8, 253-256

Rice, K. J. and Emery, N. C. 2003. Managing microevolution: restoration in the face of global change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 1, 469-478.

Rubenstein, D. I. 2001. Social behavior. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 5, 295-303.

Schlaepfer , M. A., Runge, M. C. and Sherman, P. W. 2002. Ecological and evolutionary traps. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 17, 474-480.

Shepherdson , D. J. 1994. The role of environmental enrichment in the captive breeding and reintroduction of endangered species. In: Creative Conservation:   Interactive Management of Wild and Captive Animals. Mace, G., Olney, P. J. S. & Feistner, A. (eds.), pp. 167-177. Chapman & Hall: London.

Shumway , C. A. 1999. A neglected science: applying behavior to aquatic conservation. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 55: 183-201.

Stockwell , C. A., Hendry, A. P. and Kinnison, M. T. 2003. Contemporary evolution meets conservation biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 18, 94-101.

Strier , K.B. 1997. Behavioral ecology and conservation biology of primates and other animals. Advances in the Study of Behavior 26:101-158.

Sutherland, W. J. 1998. The importance of behavioral studies in conservation biology. Animal Behaviour, 56, 801-809.

Wedekind , C. 2002. Sexual selection and life-history decisions: Implications for supportive breeding and the management of captive populations. Conservation Biology, 16, 1204-1211.

Yahner , R. H. and Mahan, C. G. 1997. Behavioral considerations in fragmented landscapes. Conservation Biology 11, 569-570.


Knight, J. 2001. If they could talk to the animals. Nature, 414, 246-247.

Fox, D.   2003. Behavior and conservation: More than meets the eye. Conservation in Practice, 4, 20-29.

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