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Conservation Biology




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course will examine the concepts and issues related to the conservation of biodiversity. Topics will include the impact of society on plants and animals, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, extinction, and genetic diversity.




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The Value of Biodiversity

  • Define biodiversity and conservation biology.
  • Differentiate what it means for a species to be threatened, endangered, and extinct.
  • Evaluate the criteria for determining the value of species.

Ecosystems and Economics

  • Analyze the value of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Explain how human society alters plants, animals, and ecosystem dynamics.
  • Explain the costs and benefits of human enterprise.

Extinction and Threats to Biodiversity

  • Compare past extinctions with current extinction threats.
  • Describe the types and consequences of overexploitation on biodiversity.
  • Describe invasive species and their threat to biodiversity.

Conservation, Management, and Ecosystem Protection

  • Prioritize conservation efforts based on values and biological principles.
  • Explain management of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Determine practical and political actions to encourage conservation.

Genetic Diversity and Population Management

  • Analyze the balance of values, costs, and benefits in successful population management.
  • Examine the value of genetic diversity in populations of plants and animals.
  • Examine conservation in zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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