Skills for Wildlife Conservation and Management - DI310

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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4 15 (7.5) DR PM Bennett

Pre-requisites

Only available to students registered for BSc in Wildlife Conservation and BSc Human Ecology.

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

The aim of the module is to link theory and practice in wildlife conservation. A number of practical conservation problems will be used to introduce key theoretical concepts that underlie modern biodiversity management. Particular emphasis will be placed on the challenges of collecting and analyzing data for understanding threats, establishing conservation priorities (at the species and habitat levels) and informed decision-making. Students will develop an understanding of the practical skills and scientific principles that underlie conservation management goals and plans at different geographical and temporal scales.

Details

Contact hours

Lectures
• Schedule: 11 hours; one lecture per week for 11 weeks

Practical laboratory sessions
• Schedule: 7 hours; 1 three hour and two 2 hour lab sessions.

Field-based Topics:
• Schedule: 6 hours; one field trip to an internationally important nature reserve.

Availability

BSc in Wildlife Conservation

Method of assessment

50% Coursework, 50% Written Examination

Preliminary reading

Begon, M., Townsend, C.R. and Harper, J.L. (2005) Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems. 4th Ed. Blackwells.
Buckland, S., Anderson, D., Burnham, K. and Laake, J. (1993) Distance Sampling: Estimating Abundance of Biological Populations. Chapman & Hall, New York.
Ricklefs, R.E. (1990) Ecology 3rd Edn. W.H. Freeman & Co.
Wilson, E.O. (1992) The Diversity of Life. Harvard: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Understanding of human impacts on species and how multidisciplinary research can help to develop effective strategies that practically address conservation problems
Introduction to the ecological, population and genetic theory underlying conservation management
Practical training in the assessment of priorities in conservation
Practical training in how to conduct a wildlife census in a protected area
Practical training in how to analyse and critically evaluate census data for protected area management

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