[MARMAM] New book chapter, highlighting case study of dolphin conservation

Oliver Manlik o.manlik at unsw.edu.au
Mon Sep 2 12:43:32 PDT 2019


I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book chapter, "The Importance of Reproduction for the Conservation of Slow-Growing Animal Populations", which features cases studies on cetaceans dolphin populations (bottlenose dolphins, Orcas). The chapter was published in the book "Reproductiive Sciences in Animal Conservation" and is available here:

Anyone interested in the chapter can contact me to request a private copy at:
o.manlik at unsw.edu.au

Both survival and reproduction are important fitness components, and thus critical to the viability of wildlife populations. Preventing one death (survival) or contributing one newborn (reproduction), has arguably the same effect on population dynamics—in each instance the population grows or is maintained by one additional member. However, for the conservation of slow-growing animal populations, the importance of reproduction is sometimes overlooked when evaluating wildlife management options. This has to do with the use of demographic sensitivity analyses, which quantify the relative contribution of vital rates to population growth. For slow-growing populations, the results of such analyses typically show that growth rates are more sensitive to changes in survival than to equal proportional changes in reproduction. Consequently, for slow-growing taxa, survival has been labelled a better fitness surrogate than reproduction. However, such a generalization, derived from conventional sensitivity analyses, is based on flawed approaches, such as omitting appropriate scaling of vital rates, and sometimes misinterpretations. In this chapter, I make the case that for the conservation of slow-growing species the role of reproduction is considerably greater than conventional sensitivity analyses would suggest. This is illustrated by case studies on wildlife populations that underscore the importance of reproduction for the conservation of slow-growing birds, ungulates, carnivores, and cetaceans.

Greetings, Oliver Manlik

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