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Animal Behavior Society
Animal Behavior Society



Working towards a better understanding of animal behavior

Animal Behavior & Conservation

The Animal Behavior Society's Conservation Committee was formed to assist society members who want to apply their professional skills to solve conservation problems. Animal behaviorists approach the study of behavior from at least four different angles (mechanisms, development, adaptive function, evolutionary history), each of which may provide insight to managing effectively a species or population..





Conservation Resources

The Conservation Behaviorist

From 2003 to 2014, the ABS Conservation Committee published and distributed The Conservation Behaviorist to share news about the subfield of conservation behavior and the Conservation Committee’s activities. Even though this publication is no longer active, you can access past issues of The Conservation Behaviorist by clicking here.

Conservation Links

Conservation Organizations

Biodiversity Data

Threatened/Endangered Species Information

Other Resources

This list of books and edited volumes is a 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, but these references are not an exhaustive list.

  • Berger-Tal, O. & Saltz, D. 2016. Conservation Behavior: Applying Behavioral Ecology to Wildlife Conservation and Management. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • Blumstein, D.T. & Fernandez-Juricic, E. 2010. A Primer of Conservation Behavior. Sinauer Associates, Inc. Sunderland, MA.
  • Candolin, U. & Wong, B.B.M. 2012. Behavioural Responses to a Changing World. Mechanisms and Consequences. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  • Caro , T. (ed.). 1998. Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology. Oxford University Press, New York, NY.
  • Clemmons, J.R., and R. Buchholz (eds.). 1997. Behavioral Approaches to Conservation in the Wild. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • Festa-Bianchet , M. and M. Apollonio (eds.) 2003. Animal Behavior and Wildlife Conservation. Island Press, Washington, DC.
  • Gosling, L.M., and W.J. Sutherland (eds.). 2000. Behaviour and Conservation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • Sutherland, W.J. 1996. From Individual Behaviour to Population Ecology. Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.