Core natural sciences modules taught in term 1
OverviewThis is an optional module intended to demonstrate how theory drawn from genetics, evolutionary and population biology, and small and large-scale ecology, is applied to conservation assessment and management. The material will therefore build on that taught in the core module Population and Evolutionary Biology which is a prerequisite, and will be further developed in this module via a case study approach. Students will be shown how this theory is being applied to real-world conservation problems via the research projects of the course lecturers. Advanced research techniques in genetics, ecology, and population and evolutionary biology, are used to determine conservation priorities and these will be explored in detail. Examples of how modern research techniques are currently used for conservation management of threatened animals, especially mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, will also be covered in depth.
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Method of assessment
One written assignment focusing on a critical analysis of case studies (50%) that will test knowledge and understanding of both theoretical and practical issues and a practical report (50%) of a laboratory or computer-based problem that will test practical skills and data interpretation. Both pieces of work will have a maximum 2,000 word limit.
Groom, M.J., Meffe, G.K., & Carroll, C.R. (2006) Principles of Conservation Biology
Third Edition. Sinauer, Massachusetts.
Gaston, K., Spicer, J. (2004) Biodiversity: an introduction. Blackwells.
Bennett, P. M. & Owens, I. P. F. (2002). Evolutionary Ecology of Birds Life histories, mating
systems and extinction. Oxford Series in Ecology & Evolution. Oxford University Press.
Understanding of the concept of scales in biodiversity conservation
Understanding of genetic assessment and conservation management
Knowledge and understanding of population and habitat assessment and conservation management
Knowledge and understanding of species assessment and conservation management
Knowledge and understanding of ecosystem assessment and conservation management
Knowledge and understanding of regional and global biodiversity assessment and conservation management