Sciences as a Basis for Wildlife Conservation
Sciences, including wildlife science, are dichotomous. On the one hand there is wildlife science itself which is an applied field that makes use of many other scientific disciplines. One the other hand are the basic or fundamental sciences which provide the basis of all applied theory. Scientists whose responsibilities involve management of wildlife resources rely on applied research to devise management strategies. However, often in education and research, we leave the basic foundational disciplines behind. For wildlife science much of the basis is biology and specifically cell and molecular biology, physiology, and all of the biological disciplines at all scales. Many wildlife species of economic or conservation concern lack data on physiology, behavior, and other fundamental aspects of biology. When developing conservation or management strategies, the lack of this knowledge weakens our ability to properly manage these species. READ..