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BIO-116-20, Conservation Biology (SU13)

 INSTRUCTOR: Andy L. Adams

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T2/Tuesday and Thursday/6-9pm, 07/09/2013-08/08/2013

CONTENT:

Bio 116 analyzes the causes and repercussions of the rapid, global extinction of plants and animals, chiefly as a result of human activities. The course examines both the range of cultural, biological, and environmental factors that contribute to the loss of biodiversity and the new, integrated science of conservation biology that has developed in response to the challenge of saving species and remediating environments. Classroom discussions will treat the essential concepts and practical knowledge necessary to ensure the perpetuation of our planet’s flora and fauna.

 LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

-To examine the causes and effects of the loss of biodiversity, locally and globally.

-To become familiar with methods of measure and assessment of conservation strategies and environmental remediation.

-And, to develop familiarity with accessing the primary literature in science, and a sense of how to critically approach it.

METHODS:

Textbook readings, power-point lecture presentations, and class discussion will be the principal teaching techniques. Use of the Internet will be limited to assignments on specific topics.

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Class participation (5%--repeated absences will be noted and will affect this percentage); class or homework assignments (15%); three exams (20% for each exam or 60%), one term project (20%), for a total of 100 points. Term project details to be discussed in class and/or via a handout. Examinations will cover material presented in lectures, class discussions, text chapters, laboratory demonstrations and specific assignments.

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

Hunter, Malcolm L. and James Gibbs.  2007. Fundamentals of Conservation Biology.  Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA.  ISBN: 978-1-4051-3545-0

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS: 

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS: