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Viewing: BISC 3460 : Conservation Biology

Last approved: Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:03:08 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:05:54 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Biological Sciences (BISC)
Conservation Biology
Conservation Biology
Fall 2017
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BISC 1115 and 1125; and BISC 1116 and BISC 1126; and BISC 2454; or permission of the instructor


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Theory and practice of conserving biological diversity. Ecological patterns of biodiversity, biology of small populations, and conservation case studies. Use of ecological modeling software to explore various topics.
• Identify the key personalities in shaping the conservation movement in the U.S. and classify these players according to the conservation ethics they espouse • Categorize arguments regarding conservation according to their valuation process • Identify the key threats to biodiversity and reiterate the role of humans in preventing/advancing conservation • Explain current scientific understanding of how global climate change is likely to impact biodiversity • Compute basic population genetic parameters related to inbreeding, loss of heterozygosity, and loss of allelic diversity • Model key demographic processes related to conserving small populations • Synthesize literature on specific conservation topic and present novel ideas (based on class readings and outside readings) for effective conservation solutions

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Sustainability Track A

Key: 766