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John M. Marzluff
ESC 458
Seattle Campus

Management of Endangered, Threatened, and Sensitive Species

Biological underpinnings and political realities of endangered species management, including: legal issues, recovery teams, citizen rights, extinction, rarity, proactive management, captive propagation, reintroduction, species endangered in the Pacific Northwest. Students revise endangered species recovery plans. Offered: A.

Class Description

The purpose of this course is to take an in depth look at the problem of species endangerment and investigate modern solutions to the problem. We will cover the political and biological aspects of endangerment and contrast proactive and reactive means to maintain and restore species. An important aspect of the class will stress involvement in the recovery process as students work as teams to develop and present recovery plans for endangered species of their choice that currently lack such plans or have plans in need of revision. There are 5 objectives: 1) to probe the biological underpinning and political reality of endangered species management; 2) to provide discussion of current endangered species issues; 3) to contribute to management of endangered species by providing revised recovery plans; 4) to improve your writing, synthesis, and oral presentation skills; 5) to introduce you to local, regional, and national endangered species managers with a variety of experiences and views.

Lecture on theory and case studies. Lab work where students work as teams on endangered species recovery plans. Panel discussion with researchers and managers.

Recommended preparation

A good basis in zoology, botany, forestry, or conservation biology is needed. Specific classes recommended are ESC 350 and BIOL 476, graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

Class Assignments and Grading

The major assignment will be the development of a recovery plan for an endangered species. A detailed written report and oral presentation of the plan will be required. Tests will be based on knoweldge of lectures and readings. Lectures: Lecture outlines and references will be available on our website. You are encouraged to get these before class and embellish them during lecture. Lectures are designed to probe important concepts, not cover all material in the chapters or readings. I will illustrate ideas in lecture with examples and bring current conservation issues to your attention.

Readings: Packets of readings and the text are available for purchase. Readings are designed to provide a broad background and define an entry point into the primary scientific literature.

Grading: Your grade will be determined by your test scores and lab projects. There will be one midterm exam and a final. Exams will concentrate on recent material, but ALL WILL BE COMPREHENSIVE. They will include short answer and essay questions as well as data interpretation. Class members will work in teams to develop a written species recovery plan and each will be responsible for presenting portions of the plan to the class in an oral format. Total points will be determined in the following way:

Midterm 1 100 pts. Final 150 pts. Lab -recovery plan 200 pts. -oral presentations 100pts. TOTAL 550 pts.

Final grades are assigned according to the following scale:

A = 3.5 - 4.0 90-95+% B = 2.5 - 3.4 80-89% C = 1.5 - 2.4 70-79% D = 0.7 - 1.4 60-69% F = 0 <60%

Final Exam: Monday December 14, 10:30-12:20


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by John M. Marzluff
Date: 06/03/1998