Relevance of evolution: conservation
by the Understanding Evolution team
Given urgent need, limited resources and competing interests, what are
our priorities for conservation, and why? What considerations should be
brought to bear on decisions that affect biodiversity?
As discussed in the introduction, biological systems evolve. Variables change, because evolution is change over time through descent with modification. So in the field of conservation, history is a critical part of how we think about the complex issue of conservation.
The case studies in this section focus on how an understanding of evolution
can inform conservation efforts.
Efforts to conserve threatened trout populations are helped by considering both the past and future evolution of the populations.