The big picture : human population dynamics meets applied population biology -- Designing studies and interpreting population biology data : how do we know what we know? -- Genetic concepts and tools to support wildlife population biology -- Estimating population vital rates -- The simplest way to describe and project population growth : exponential and geometric change -- Density dependent population change -- Accounting for age and sex-specific differences : population projection -- Predation and wildlife populations -- When does predation affect prey numbers? -- Factors affecting how predation impacts prey numbers -- Genetic variation and fitness of wildlife populations. Dynamics of multiple populations -- Human perturbations : deterministic factors leading to population decline -- Predicting the dynamics of small and declining populations -- Bridging applied population and ecosystem ecology with focal species concepts -- Population biology of harvested populations. "Conservation of Wildlife Populations provides an accessible introduction to the most relevant concepts and principles for solving real-world management problems in wildlife and conservation biology. Bringing together insights from traditionally disparate disciplines, the book shows how population biology addresses important questions involving the harvest, monitoring, and conservation of wildlife populations. The most up-to-date approaches for assessing factors that affect both population growth and interactions with other species are covered in detail, including predation, genetic changes, harvest, introduced species, viability analysis, and habitat loss and fragmentation." "Conservation of Wildlife Populations is a guide for undergraduates and postgraduate students of wildlife biology, conservation biology, ecology, and environmental studies; and will be invaluable for practicing managers requiring an up-to-date assessment of how population biology can be applied to wildlife conservation and management."--Jacket.