Applied Ecology and Conservation - WCON5390

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Matthew Struebig checkmark-circle


This module explores the ways in which ecological science can be applied to solving some of the crucial problems facing the world today, including those affecting wildlife conservation. It covers key ecological principles at the population, community and ecosystem levels, and investigates how these principles can help guide management decisions, policy and environmental practice. A major theme is how natural resources can be managed and exploited sustainably, drawing on examples from agriculture, urbanisation, forestry and fisheries in temperate and tropical regions. Central to the module is the question of how wildlife conservation can be better incorporated into the wider needs of environmental management.


Contact hours

Total contact hours 24
Total private study hours 126
Total module study hours 150


Optional to: BSc Wildlife Conservation*
BSc Bioscience (see Division of Natural Sciences)
BSc Human Geography*
BSc Anthropology*
*Inc. cognate courses
Available as an elective module

Method of assessment

Critical Writing Assignment (2,500 words) 50%
Field report (2,500 words) 50%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Begon, M, Howarth, R, & Townsend, C.R (2006) Ecology: from individuals to ecosystems. John
Wiley & Sons
Ghazoul, J., and Sheil, D. 2010 Tropical rain forest ecology, diversity, and conservation. Oxford
University Press.
Howell, E (2012) Introduction to restoration ecology. Island Press
Rockwood, L (2015) Introduction to Population Ecology. Blackwell
Sinclair, ARE (2006) Wildlife ecology, conservation, and management. Blackwell.
Verdade, LM, Piña, CI, & Lyra-Jorge, MC (eds) 2014, Applied Ecology and Human Dimensions in
Biological Conservation, Springer

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Gain in-depth knowledge of the ecological processes that define disturbed and undisturbed terrestrial ecosystems
8.2 Apply principles of population ecology and community ecology theory to inform ecological management decisions in a range of contexts (e.g. agriculture, forestry)
8.3 Demonstrate an understanding of key processes that underpin population biology, (e.g. population growth, density-dependent and density-independent factors), and apply this to challenges in animal population management
8.4 Appreciate how ecological theory can inform conservation practice, and better understand the threats to biodiversity from habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change


The module is a pre-requisite for DI535 tropical ecology


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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