Conservation Biology

FOR 430 (W F S 430). CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (3) FOR/W F S 430 syllabus (Please note that syllabi are subject to change and this may not be the most current syllabus.)

This course applies basic principles of biology and genetics to issues in the conservation of biodiversity, such as patterns of biodiversity, conservation genetics, fragmentation and reserve design. It should be taken after completing coursework in biology and ecology and is designed to complement programs in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, ecology, and environmental resource management.  The objective of this course is to provide a broad appreciation of the concepts in conservation biology that are important to solving contemporary conservation problems. Additional topics may include the history of conservation biology, values of biodiversity, definitions of species concepts, protecting the genetic structure of species, extinction as a natural process, vulnerability to extinction, biodiversity at the community, ecosystem, and landscape levels, habitat fragmentation, metapopulations, legal aspects of conservation, ecosystem management, exotic species, pollution, human population issues, measuring genetic diversity, attitudes towards nature, ex-situ conservation, and ecosystem restoration. Evaluation methods include midterms, a term paper, and participation. This course is offered every fall.