I don’t know about you but I’ve had to do a bit of homework in order to be able to weigh in on the ongoing surrogate/indicator/umbrella/etc species discussions. Somewhere amidst the email traffic, I discovered three articles that were useful in clearing away some of my confusion. They might be of use to you, too. If you only have time to read one, read the chapter from Tim Carol’s book. Here are the articles.

Caro_ConservationbyProxy_Chapter1_Buzzwords_in_Conserv_Biology.pdf

Focal%20Species%20in%20Landscape%20Planning_Lambeck_1997.pdf

Surrogat%20species%201999_08_Caro%20and%20Doherty%2019991.pdf