NTRES 2670 - [Introduction to Conservation Biology]

(crosslisted) BIOEE 2670  
Fall (not offered every year). Next Offered: 2019-2020. 2-3 credits, variable. Student option grading.

Three credits includes discussion section.  Intended for both science and nonscience majors.  May not be taken for credit after NTRES 4100 . Completion of BIOEE 2670 /NTRES 2670 not required for NTRES 4100 .


Broad exploration of biological concepts and practices related to conserving the earth's biodiversity; integrates ecological, evolutionary, behavioral, and genetic principles important for understanding conservation issues of the 21st century. Topics include species and ecosystem diversity, values of biodiversity, causes of extinction, risks facing small populations, simulation modeling, design of nature preserves, the Endangered Species Act, conservation priority-setting, species recovery, ecosystem restoration and management, implications of climate change, and our ecological footprint.

Outcome 1: Explain the fundamental ecological principles that guide conservation biology as a discipline.

Outcome 2: Describe biodiversity in its many forms (from genetic to landscape), its value in ecosystems, and factors that threaten it.

Outcome 3: Apply ecological concepts to conservation problems.

Outcome 4: Interpret ecological graphs, figures, scientific results, and models related to conservation biology.

Outcome 5: Discuss the importance of social, economic, and legal dimensions in conservation biology.

Outcome 6: Critically think about how ecological and social factors affect conservation threats and outcomes.

Outcome 7: Evaluate and communicate the science underlying controversies in conservation.

Outcome 8: Explain the basic principles of and approaches to management, restoration, and reserve design.

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