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Conservation Biology

BIOL 220
Spring 2010 not offered
Crosslisting: ENVS 220
Certificates: Environmental Studies

This course will focus on the biology of conservation rather than cultural aspects of conservation. However, conservation issues will be placed in the context of ethics, economics, and politics. We will cover the fundamental processes that threaten wild populations, structure ecological communities, and determine the functioning of ecosystems. From this basis, we will explore important conservation issues such as population viability, habitat loss and alteration, food web alteration, invasive species, and climate change. We will use readings from the primary literature and field projects to learn about current research methods used in conservation biology.

Essential Capabilities:
Ethical reasoning: This course challenges students to reflect on the ethics of Conservation Biology from different points of view, such the intrinsic vs. economic valuation of living organisms.
Quantitative reasoning: This course requires students to understand examples of, and, to a lesser extent, practice quantitative analytical skills such as making accurate measurements, statistical reasoning, modeling empirical data, and using mathematical theory to explain and predict.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM BIOL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: [BIOL182 or MB&B182] OR [BIOL196 or MB&B196]
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(STS)

Last Updated on JUN-24-2024
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