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Biology/Geography 4650

Biology/Geography 4650 Conservation

Conservation in Geography and Biology is an introductory course in conservation science. The course covers basic aspects of conservation science, from genetics and biogeography to conservation mapping and ocean zonation. Students individually research details about the biology and status of one endangered organism, and the protected areas strategy of one jurisdiction (province, state, or country). Pre-requisites: 30 credit hours in Geography or Biology. The course is also offered as a graduate course, Biology7927.

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Role playing lab.

Biodiversity lab.

Extinction vortex lab.

Invasive Species Debate.

Deep-sea Conservation lab.

Endangered species posters.

ENGO's and conservation.

Conservation and the Mass Media.

Grand Banks Marine protected areas network planning.

Newfoundland & Labrador fishing intensity map. NB: fishing intensity maps and data by gear type available on
Additional maps from DFO: regional conservation zones, Grand Banks fishing effort maps.

Channel Islands MPA design - Davis 2005.

Environmental Economics and Conservation - Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee

Final Project presentations.

Lecture notes and additional readings.

Extinction crisis and crisis-response nature of Conservation Biology.

Marris 2007 - conservation triage.

Extinction vulnerability.



Fuller et al. 2008, How We Fish Matters.

Conservation Genetics, and Population Viability Analysis.

Invasive species (guest lecture, Dr. Wilf Nicholls, MUN Botanical Garden)

Ex-situ conservation. Maunder & Onnie 2005.

Biodiversity and its measurement. (Krista Baker, GPT)

Island Biogeography and Conservation.

Habitat destruction and fragmentation.

Global hotspot analysis.

Protected area design. Assigned reading: Brashares et al. 2001.

Protected area networks - why the matrix matters.

Marine protected areas. CPAWS Marine Special Areas Atlas.

GIS and Conservation (Dr. Rodolphe Devillers)

Landscape Ecology and Gap Analysis (Dr. Yolanda Wiersma). San Francisco Gap Analysis.

Protected Area Management.

Restoration Ecology.

Conservation Legislation (Krista Baker, GPT)

Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation (Dr. Alistair Bath)

Environmental Economics, Local Ecological Knowledge in Conservation (Emile Colpron, B7927)

Conservation challenges in the developing world.

Conservation in the 21st century.
NB: guest lecturer notes are not posted.