Contemporary Conservation Science - DI518

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury
(version 3)
Autumn
View Timetable
6 15 (7.5) DR C Gardner

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

Not available to stage 2 WildCon students as wild.

2019-20

Overview

Conservationists must continually analyse relevant and topical issues in a broad, real-world context. This includes understanding contemporary research, critically evaluating its ecological, evolutionary and interdisciplinary basis, and using this information to inform effective solutions to conservation problems that are embedded in social, political and economic reality. In this module, students will use and apply knowledge/skills gained throughout their degree programme during in-depth discussions of how current research programmes, as presented at the weekly DICE seminars, fit into the wider conservation context. In addition, they will write up these evaluations as a series of 'News and Views' style commentary articles, as published in the top international journal Nature.

Details

This module appears in:


Availability

BSc in Wildlife Conservation

Cost

23

Method of assessment

100% Coursework
Written assignment 1 (2 pages) (33%)
Written assignment 2 (2 pages) (33%)
Written assignment 3 (2 pages) (33%)

Indicative reading

Brooks, T.M. & Helgen, K.M. 2010. A standard for species. Nature, 467, 540-541.

Tobias, J.A., Seddon, N., Spottiswoode, C.N., Pilgrim, J.D., Fishpool, L.D.C. & Collar, N.J. 2010. Quantitative criteria for species delimitation. Ibis, 152, 724–746.

Kareiva, P. 2010. Trade-in to trade-up. Nature, 466, 322-323.

Fuller, R.A., McDonald-Madden, E., Wilson, K.A., Carwardine, J., Grantham, H.S., Watson, J.E.M., Klein, C.J., Green, D.C. & Possingham, H.P. 2010. Replacing underperforming protected areas achieves better conservation outcomes. Nature, 466, 365-367.

Pimm, S.L. 2001. Entrepreneurial insects. Nature, 411, 531-532.

Thomas, C.D., Bodsworth, E.J., Wilson, R.J., Simmons, A.D., Davies, Z.G., Musche, M. & Conradt, L. 2001. Ecological and evolutionary processes at expanding range margins. Nature, 411, 577-581.

Le Corre, M. 2008. Cats, rats and seabirds. Nature, 451, 134-135.

Rayner, M.J., Hauber, M.E., Imber, M.J., Stamp, R.K. & Clout, M.N. 2007. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104, 20862–20865.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8.1 place research ideas and concepts into a wider contemporary conservation context
8.2 appreciate the interplay between pure and applied conservation studies
8.3 review, summarise and commentate on current research topics
8.4 synthesise information in the specialist primary peer-reviewed journal literature, and subsequently use it to support a personal opinion

University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.