Conservation Biology [E]
An emphasis on the conservation of the world's different organisms and habitats. Students will become familiar with the issues and problems associated with protecting biodiversity. We will examine the science of conservation genetics, species diversity, community interactions, ecosystem and landscape ecology, and the global biosphere. Through case studies, we will explore the complex, interdisciplinary nature of conservation issues such as endangered species protection, habitat loss, land use management, ecological restoration, and sustainable development. In the laboratory, students will conduct field research, visit important local conservation areas, work with computer models, and become familiar with the tools scientists use to accomplish conservation objectives. Field labs require walking over woodland terrain.