This course focuses on biological concepts and techniques fundamental to the science of conservation biology. To understand mechanisms that drive the loss of biological diversity and approaches to address those threats, the course explores a variety of topics including extinction processes, population dynamics, population genetics, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, protected area design, and restoration ecology. The laboratory component involves field work, including a full weekend field trip, and quantitative computer simulations.
Prerequisites: BIOL 211 & Jr/Sr Students who transfer credit for BIOL 37X (i.e. BIOL 370 partial equivalency) are not permitted to enroll in this course.