Fall 2010 not offered
|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.
Ethical Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: [BIOL182 or MB&B182] OR [BIOL196 or MB&B196]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(SISP)
Groom, Meffe, Carroll (2005) PRINCIPLES OF CONSERVATION BIOLOGY, 3rd ed., Sinauer Assoc., Inc. Publishers. ISBN 0-87893-518-5
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Mid-term exam, final exam, group project with oral presentation, short written reports of readings from primary literature, field/laboratory exercises
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