Nate Flesness

Nate Flesness
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Biodiversity loss is a major challenge. Over the past century, the average rate of vertebrate extinction has been about 100-fold higher than the estimated background rate and population declines continue to increase globally. Birth and death rates determine the pace of population increase or decline, thus driving the expansion or extinction of a sp...
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Despite an increase in policy and management responses to the global biodiversity crisis, implementation of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets still shows insufficient progress [1]. These targets, strategic goals defined by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), address major causes of biodiversity loss in part by establishing...
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Zoos and aquariums that are part of the World Associationof Zoos and Aquariums reach over 700 million visitors everyyear. These institutions are also among the main globalproviders of conservation funding, investing more than US$350 million on ex situ and in situ wildlife activities annually(Gusset & Dick, 2011). But, even though these institutions...
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The chapter covers the origin and development of animal records-keeping in zoos and aquariums, and the evolution of the International Species Information System (ISIS). With a membership of over 900 zoos and aquariums worldwide, ISIS facilitates global data sharing of information on husbandry, health and population management of animals in zoologic...
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Given current extinction trends, the number of species requiring conservation breeding programs (CBPs) is likely to increase dramatically. To inform CBP policies for threatened terrestrial vertebrates, we evaluated the number and representation of threatened vertebrate species on the IUCN Red List held in the ISIS zoo network and estimated the comp...
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Comparative biogerontology evaluates cellular, molecular, physiological, and genomic properties that distinguish short-lived from long-lived species. These studies typically use maximum reported lifespan (MRLS) as the index with which to compare traits, but there is a general awareness that MRLS is not ideal owing to statistical shortcomings that i...
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Roughly one in seven threatened terrestrial vertebrate species are held in captivity, a resource for ex situ conservation efforts.
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The human genome project has been recently complemented by whole-genome assessment sequence of 32 mammals and 24 nonmammalian vertebrate species suitable for comparative genomic analyses. Here we anticipate a precipitous drop in costs and increase in sequencing efficiency, with concomitant development of improved annotation technology and, therefor...
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In 1973 the International Species Inventory System (ISIS), a computer-based information system for wild animals maintained in captivity, was established at Minnesota Zoological Garden. By 1989 ISIS (now called the International Species Information System) was an independent organization with a Board of Trustees. Membership of ISIS has increased ste...