David L. Stokes
Exploration of the science underlying methods of species and ecosystem conservation. Emphasis is placed on understanding the limits and promise of scientific approaches to conservation, within the social, political and economic context of conservation problems.
An introduction to the field of conservation biology: an interdisciplinary investigation into biological, management, economic, and ethical issues associated with the current extinction of species. We will cover principles and applications of ecology, population biology and genetics, biogeography, and social sciences for protection and management of biodiversity in the context of current extensive alteration of the environment.
Student learning goals
An understanding of the major principles and concepts of the field of conservation biology.
Understanding of the application of principles and concepts of conservation biology to address real-world biodiversity conservation issues.
Understanding some of the methodologies of conservation science, including their limits.
Understanding the social science dimensions of conservation biology and the interdisciplinary nature of conservation practice.
Improved ability to communicate information and understanding to others, both in oral and written form.
General method of instruction
Class meetings will usually consist of a mix of lecture, discussion, and activity.
Students will find it helpful to have had Biology 180 (or equivalent) and a course in Ecology prior to taking this class.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments will include required readings, participation in class discussions, short exercises, and a research and communication project.
Grades will be based on exams, project work, and class participation.