Conservation Biology
Lecture Syllabus
Spring 2011

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Reading Assignments

Groom et al. 2006. Principles of Conservation Biology

1/19

What is conservation biology?

303 KB

Read pp.15, 17-24

1/21

Conservation: A historical perspective

433 KB

Read pp.7, 9-15, 119-131

1/24

Wild By Law

 

Film

1/26

How many species are there?

1.3 MB

 

1/28

Case History

 

 

1/31

Loss of Biodiversity: Rates, Causes, Consequences, Perspectives

1 - 561K

2 - 54KB

Read pp. 63-89

2/2

Monitoring Biodiversity

482 K

PDF

2/4

Case History

 

 

2/7

Population Bottlenecks & Genetic Diversity

1.5 MB

Read pp. 373-414

2/9

Effective Population Numbers & Fluctuating Size

64K

2/11

Case History

 

2/14

Gene Flow/Management Measures; One-Migrant-Per-Generation Rule

147 K

2/16

Selection and Migration; Inbreeding/Outbreeding Depression

782 K

2/18

Case History

 

 

2/21

Molecular versus Quantitative Genetic Perspectives & Conservation

432 K

PDF

2/23

EXAM #1

 

 

2/25

Case History

 

 

2/28

Forensics

 

 

3/2

Demographic versus Genetic Considerations in Conservation

422 K

Read pp. 419-424

3/4

Case History

 

 

3/7

Habitat Fragmentation

323K

Read pp. 213-250

3/9

Island Biogeographic Theory & Conservation Practice

547K

3/11

Case History

 

 

3/14

Single Species Conservation: Choosing Species

370 K

Read pp. 90, 106, 569

3/16

Ranking Systems - Biodiversity Network Ranking & IUCN

 

PDF

3/18

Case History

 

 

3/21-3/25

Spring Break

 

 

3/28

Endangered Species Act

1.7 MB

 

3/30

Endangered Species Act

 

 

4/1

Case History

 

 

4/4

Community Level Conservation: How Do We View The Community?

1.6 MB

 

4/6

Community Level Conservation - Ecological and Evolutionary

 

Read pp. 419-464

4/8

Case History

 

 

4/11

EXAM #2

 

 

4/13

Invasive Species

12.6 MB

Read pp. 293-331

4/15

Case History

 

 

4/18

Ecological Restoration

2.8 MB

Read pp. 553-589

4/20

Planet in Peril

 

Film

4/22

Case History

 

 

4/25

Ecosystem Stress

108K

PDF

4/27

Ecosystem Management - What is it?

 

PDF

4/29

Win-Win Ecology - Discussion

 

 

5/2

Politics & Economics

 

PDF

Read pp.137-169

5/4

Class Discussion/ Evaluation/ Concluding Comments

 

 

5/6-5/13

Finals Week