ESS 563: Conservation Biology
Synonym:56727 (for web registration)
Meeting Schedule:Thursdays 9/4 - 12/18 (1:00PM-3:59PM)
Competency Area: CB – Required; EAO, EE, Cert, IND & RMC – Elective
Restricted to Fall 2008 entering Conservation Biology students through August 15; open to all ES students on August 16.
This course examines the biology underlying our attempts to conserve diversity at the level of genes, species, communities, and ecosystems. We will learn about the major issues and problems in conservation biology, and the tools biologists use to accomplish their conservation goals. We will apply qualitative and quantitative tools from population biology, and community and landscape ecology to learn how we can predict the vulnerability of populations and species to extinction. Example case studies and current events will allow us to explore issues such as reserve design and management, policy issues, reintroduction projects, and restoration efforts. Students will delve into the most recent conservation biology literature to become familiar with predominant debates and contentious issues in the field. The course is designed to help students develop a critical perspective, pertinent