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