Reptile Ecology, Adaptive Management and Assessment Techniques: Problems, Developments and Prospects (pp. 387-406)
Authors: (Michael O'Neal Campbell, Department of Geography, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada)
Abstract: Reptile ecology is comparatively understudied, compared with mammal and bird ecology. Few studies analyze the theoretical, methodological and managerial bases of reptile ecology and conservation. However, reptiles are important denizens of landscapes, and due to their relationship with environmental moisture and temperature, they are important indicator species. Important techniques to further the study of reptile ecology and conservation are adaptive management for the management of the socio-environmental bases of conservation, geomatics for the mapping and analyses of habitats, landscape ecology for integrated studies of animals, conservation biology for the broader social and economic issues of ecology and habitats, and disequilibrium dynamic ecology for the assessment of integrated, multi-directional environmental change. These techniques are currently neglected as tools for ecological and conservation analyses, but further research using these methods may contribute to a flexible and effective management of reptile ecology.