Conservation physiology

Trends Ecol Evol. 2006 Jan;21(1):38-46. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2005.10.018. Epub 2005 Nov 11.


Conservation biologists increasingly face the need to provide legislators, courts and conservation managers with data on causal mechanisms underlying conservation problems such as species decline. To develop and monitor solutions, conservation biologists are progressively using more techniques that are physiological. Here, we review the emerging discipline of conservation physiology and suggest that, for conservation strategies to be successful, it is important to understand the physiological responses of organisms to their changed environment. New physiological techniques can enable a rapid assessment of the causes of conservation problems and the consequences of conservation actions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Animals
  • Conservation of Natural Resources*
  • Data Collection
  • Environment
  • Environmental Monitoring / methods
  • Physiology*
  • Policy Making