Evolutionary theory as a tool for predicting extinction risk

Austin J. Gallagher, Neil Hammerschlag, Steven J. Cooke, Daniel P. Costa, Duncan J. Irschick

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Timely and proactive wildlife conservation requires strategies for determining which species are most at the greatest threat of extinction. Here, we suggest that evolutionary theory, particularly the concept of specialization, can be a useful tool to inform such assessments and may greatly aid in our ability to predict the vulnerabilities of species to anthropogenic impacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-65
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Extinction
  • Physiology
  • Plasticity
  • Specialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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