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Primate Ecology and Conservation

Edited by Eleanor Sterling, Nora Bynum, and Mary Blair

April 2013

ISBN: 9780199659456

448 pages

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Techniques in Ecology & Conservation

Price: £60.00

This practical volume brings together a group of distinguished primate researchers to synthesize field, r s3ratory, and conservation management techniques for primate ecology and conservation.



This practical volume brings together a group of distinguished primate researchers to synthesize field, laboratory, and conservation management techniques for primate ecology and conservation.

  • A practical, empirical reference text organized for readers to access the information they seek easily and quickly
  • Synthesizes a broad range of techniques for primate ecology and conservation including emerging, state of the art methods
  • Takes readers through the whole research project cycle, from planning to the field to the lab to analysis and interpretation
  • Global in scope and perspective with international chapter authors and a range of diverse examples and case studies from across the world

About the Author(s)

Edited by Eleanor Sterling, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, Nora Bynum, Office of Global Strategy and Programs, Duke University, and Mary Blair, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Eleanor J. Sterling, Ph.D., is the Director of the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC). She studies the distribution patterns of biodiversity in tropical regions of the world and has more than 25 years of field research experience in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, where she has conducted surveys and censuses, as well as behavioral and ecological studies of primates, whales, and other mammals. Dr Sterling has served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University since 1997, and as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology from 2002-2012. She sat on the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology from 2001-2010 and was the Chair of the Society's Education Committee from 2005-2010. She received her B.A. from Yale College in 1983 and her M. Phil and Ph.D. in Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University in 1993.

Nora Bynum, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice Provost of Global Strategy and Programs at Duke University. For the past 15 years, Nora has worked in international capacity building and training in the Americas, Asia, and Africa, while continuing to conduct research on primates in Indonesia and Mexico, and research on phenology, seasonality and climate change in tropical forests of Costa Rica. Nora is also an Adjunct Professor at Duke University, where she has taught since 1995. She serves as Chair of the Board of the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER) and as Chair of the Education Committee for the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies, and her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Duke University.

Mary E. Blair, Ph.D., is a Biodiversity Scientist at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. Her current research integrates molecular techniques with geographic information systems (GIS) modeling to understand the behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary responses of primates to environmental change. She completed her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Primatology at Columbia University, where her dissertation research focused on how habitat fragmentation affects dispersal and the distribution of genetic variation among populations of the endangered Central American Squirrel Monkey in Costa Rica. She was an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Writing Fellow and received her B.A. in Biology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction: Why a New Methods Book on Primate Ecology and Conservation?, Eleanor J. Sterling, Nora Bynum, and Mary E. Blair
    2:Primate Census and Survey Techniques, Andrew J. Plumptre, Eleanor J. Sterling, and Stephen T. Buckland
    3:Darting, Anesthesia, and Handling, Kenneth E. Glander
    4:Health Assessment and Epidemiology, Michael P. Muehlenbein and Cari M. Lewis
    5:Behavior within Groups, Beth A. Kaplin and Apollinaire William
    6:Habitat Assessment and Species Niche Modeling, E. Johanna Rode, Carrie J. Stengel, and K. Anne-Isola Nekaris
    7:Characterization of Primate Environments through Assessment of Plant Phenology, Andrew J. Marshall and Serge Wich
    8:Methods in Ethnoprimatology: Exploring the Human-Nonhuman Primate Interface, Erin P. Riley and Amanda L. Ellwanger
    9:Social and Spatial Relationships between Primate Groups, Michelle Brown and Margaret Crofoot
    10:Experiments in Primatology: From the Lab to the Field and Back Again, Charles H. Janson and Sarah F. Brosnan
    11:Diet and Nutrition, Jessica M. Rothman, Erin R. Vogel, and Scott A. Blumenthal
    12:Physiology and Energetics, Jutta Schmid
    13:Primate Behavioral Endocrinology, Nga Nguyen
    14:Population Genetics, Molecular Phylogenetics, and Phylogeography, Mary E. Blair and Alba L. Morales-Jimenez
    15:Demography, Life Histories, and Population Dynamics, Olga L. Montenegro
    16:Determining Conservation Status and Contributing to Conservation Action, Mary E. Blair, Nora Bynum, and Eleanor J. Sterling
    17:Captive Breeding and Ex Situ Conservation, Dean Gibson and Colleen McCann
    18:Primates in Trade, Joshua Linder, Sarah Sawyer, and Justin Brashares
    19:Conclusion: The Future of Studying Primates in a Changing World, Eleanor J. Sterling, Nora Bynum, and Mary E. Blair


"In sum, this is an excellent book for graduate students, young researchers, and more established practitioners, in providing an exceptional range of ecological and conservation methods and techniques under a single cover. Going forward it will be a required reading for each of my graduate students as they start to contemplate their own research projects, and a volume that I will donate to collaborators in developing countries" - Herbert H Covert, Biological Conservation

"a comprehensive resource ... a valuable empirical reference text for conservation practitioners." - Yamato Tsuji, Primates

"this is a great book, packed with information, full of technical details but still accessible to nonexperts on a specific discipline or technique ... I believe this book will soon become a must in any University library ... it is an excellent read for students, scientists and practitioners involved with animal management and conservation." - Bonaventura Majolo, Animal Beahviour

"There is a huge corpus of knowledge condensed here, that will enable anyone wishing to develop research on primates in the wild to see what is now possible, and the types of questions that can be addressed." - David L. Hawksworth, Biodiversity and Conservation

"the content provides a good overview to the numerous topics related to the study of primate ecology and conservation. ... the book will be very useful as a quick key reference to field project managers, students, and project supervisors wishing to plan and/or teach methodological aspects of primate ecology and conservation research." - Camille N.Z. Coudrat, Folia Primatol

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