domingo, 23 de septiembre de 2012

Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation: L.D. Mech & L Boitani (Eds.) University Chicago (2003)

"In the late 1940s, a group of gray wolves crossed a Lake Superior ice bridge to re-colonize Isle Royal, MI. Within ten years, editor Mech (senior research scientist, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey) began studying this ecological phenomenon and so launched a lifelong study of one of nature's most revered and feared animals. Now Mech and coeditor Boitani (vertebrate zoology & animal ecology, Univ. of Rome) join 21 other scientists to offer the first scholarly update in more than 20 years on all aspects of wolf biology and behavior using the latest research and methods. For example, a chapter on molecular genetics reviews DNA sampling studies in mapping wolf evolution, population dynamics, and hybridization. Abundant references, tables, and graphs drawn from both published sources and personal communications support and qualify the information presented. Additionally, 32 color photographs offer a unique glimpse of wolves hunting, feeding, and participating in other activities. Most of the studies cited were conducted in North America; however, chapters on the wolf's current status, conservation, and relationship with humans illustrate the worldwide distribution of this legendary mammal. This will undoubtedly become the standard work on wolves for academic and professional collections." - Alvin Hutchinson, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC

Reseña de la editorial ( ):

"Wolves are some of the world's most charismatic and controversial animals, capturing the imaginations of their friends and foes alike. Highly intelligent and adaptable, they hunt and play together in close-knit packs, sometimes roaming over hundreds of square miles in search of food. Once teetering on the brink of extinction across much of the United States and Europe, wolves have made a tremendous comeback in recent years, thanks to legal protection, changing human attitudes, and efforts to reintroduce them to suitable habitats in North America.

As wolf populations have rebounded, scientific studies of them have also flourished. But there hasn't been a systematic, comprehensive overview of wolf biology since 1970. In Wolves, many of the world's leading wolf experts provide state-of-the-art coverage of just about everything you could want to know about these fascinating creatures. Individual chapters cover wolf social ecology, behavior, communication, feeding habits and hunting techniques, population dynamics, physiology and pathology, molecular genetics, evolution and taxonomy, interactions with nonhuman animals such as bears and coyotes, reintroduction, interactions with humans, and conservation and recovery efforts. The book discusses both gray and red wolves in detail and includes information about wolves around the world, from the United States and Canada to Italy, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Israel, India, and Mongolia. Wolves is also extensively illustrated with black and white photos, line drawings, maps, and fifty color plates.

Unrivalled in scope and comprehensiveness, Wolves will become the definitive resource on these extraordinary animals for scientists and amateurs alike." 

“An excellent compilation of current knowledge, with contributions from all the main players in wolf research. . . . It is designed for a wide readership, and certainly the language and style will appeal to both scientists and lucophiles alike. . . . This is an excellent summary of current knowledge and will remain the standard reference work for a long time to come.”— Stephen Harris, New Scientist 

“This is the place to find almost any fact you want about wolves.”— Stephen Mills, BBC Wildlife Magazine "

Read an excerpt (Introduction):

Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation: L.D. Mech & L Boitani (Eds.) University Chicago (2003) (En )

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