OverviewThe aim of this module is to examine emerging and controversial topics in conservation biology and to help students develop conceptual and critical thinking. Each week a topic is introduced in the lecture and discussed in seminar later in the week. You will be given papers on Moodle to read and evaluate before the seminar. Indicative topics that will be critically evaluated during the course include: developing sustainable use strategies for over-exploited species, wildlife trade and illegal hunting, the roles of zoos and museums in conservation biology, the impact of emerging infectious diseases, large-scale ecological and evolutionary approaches for setting conservation priorities, and the importance of reintroduction for recovery of threatened species.
This module appears in:
BSc Wildlife Conservation
Method of assessment
50% Exam; 50% Coursework
Written Report (50%)
Recent issues of Nature, Science and PNAS:
Haldane, J.B.S. (1926) On being the right size. Harper’s Magazine (March)
May, R.M. (1988) How many species are there on Earth? Science 241: 1441-1449
Pimm, et al. (2006) Human impacts on the rates of recent, present, and future bird extinctions. PNAS 103: 10941-10946
Rockstrom, et al. (2009) A safe operating space of humanity. Nature 461: 472-475
8.1 demonstrate a sound understanding of current issues in biodiversity and conservation
8.2 demonstrate skills in conceptual thinking
8.3 understand how current issues impacts on conservation practice.