Wildlife Science: Connecting Research with Management

Joseph P. Sands, Stephen J. DeMaso, Matthew J. Schnupp, Leonard A. Brennan

May 29, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 333 Pages - 68 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439847732 - CAT# K12121


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  • Discusses the history of the disconnect and methods of strengthening ties between wildlife research and management
  • Examines the disconnect from an institutional perspective—including universities, state governments, the federal government, and private organizations—which imparts a deeper understanding of why the disconnect between research and management persists over time
  • Presents case studies of current issues in wildlife science and management to explore real-world implications resulting from the research and management disconnect

Outstanding Book Award from The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society


Despite the potential synergy that can result from basing management applications on results from research, there is a polarization of cultures between wildlife managers and wildlife researchers. Wildlife Science: Connecting Research with Management provides strategies for bridging cultural and communication gaps between these groups.

Contributors present case studies highlighting the role of state and federal agencies and private organizations in management and research; the lingering disconnects between grassland birds, quail, and deer research and management; as well as the development of management techniques from field research, rangelands management, and ranch management.

Case Studies:

  • The Disconnect between Quail Research and Quail Management
  • Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) and the Disconnect between Research and Management on Public Lands in the American West
  • Ecological Goals, not Standardized Methods, are needed to Create and Maintain Habitat for Grassland Birds
  • A Historic Perspective of the Connectivity between Waterfowl Research and Management
  • Deer in the Western United States
  • Whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the Eastern United States
  • Impacts of Wind Energy Development on Wildlife: Challenges and Opportunities for Integrated Science, Management, and Policy
  • The Role of Joint Ventures in Bridging the Gap between Research and Management
  • Developing Management Strategies from Research: the Pushmataha Forest