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Lorenz Hauser
FISH 510
Seattle Campus

Current Topics in Genetics and Physiology

Contemporary problems and issues in genetics and physiology as they relate to aquatic and fisheries sciences.

Class description

The Endangered Species Act at 40: mid-life crisis or going from strength to strength? The Endangered Species Act of 1973 is seen as one of the most powerful, but also one of the most controversial, pieces of environmental legislation in the world. Although the Actís primary goal, preservation of endangered species and their ecosystems, still resonates, the social, economic and scientific framework have changed considerably in the 40 years since its inception. The human population of the United States has increased from 212 to 314 million, economic output has increased tenfold (GDP from $2.4 to $16.2 trillion), and new scientific approaches allow the identification of ever smaller units for protection. In this class, we will take a broad and critical view of the Endangered Species Act, focusing on its biological, economic, and societal controversies, and its relevance in todayís society. We will also consider equivalent legislation in other countries and stakeholder views of the Act. Guest speakers will provide overviews in some of these areas, but most class work will be student-led discussion of pertinent literature.

Student learning goals

Obtain an understanding of social, economic and biological aspects of the Endangered Species Act

Understand the controversies of the ESA

Acknowledge and understand views of different stakeholders in the ESA

General method of instruction

Teams of students will present papers of their choice in class, which will then be discussed by the whole class. Some external speakers will be invited who will share their own expertise on the topic

Recommended preparation

Each speaker will provide reading material, usually published reviews and empirical papers, which students should read before class.

Class assignments and grading

credit / no credit based on participation and presentation

Reading of papers and participation in the discussion is required to obtain credit for this class.


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.
Last Update by Lorenz Hauser
Date: 02/05/2014