Preserving genes, species, or ecosystems? Healing the fractured foundations of conservation policy

  title={Preserving genes, species, or ecosystems? Healing the fractured foundations of conservation policy},
  author={Brian W. Bowen},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  • B. Bowen
  • Published 1 December 1999
  • Biology
  • Molecular Ecology
The scientific foundations of conservation policy are the subject of a recent tripolar debate, with systematists arguing for the primacy of phylogenetic rankings, ecologists arguing for protection at the level of populations or ecosystems, and evolutionary biologists urging more attention for the factors that enhance adaptation and biodiversity. In the field of conservation genetics, this controversy is manifested in the diverse viewpoints of molecular systematists, population biologists, and… 
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