Conservation Biology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Conservation Biology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Animal Science, Biology, Conservation, Environmental Science, Genetics, Zoology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    54 200-level points from Science Schedule C (3 courses)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The ecological, genetic and bioenergetic principles underlying biological conservation; genetics and population dynamics of small populations; conservation problems relating to habitat, food, competition and predation.

    This paper is valuable for students with an interest in conservation, as well as people working in conservation agencies (eg Department of Conservation or non-governmental organisations).

    Course Structure
    The paper starts with a section on conservation threats, followed by material on the scientific tools used by conservation biologists (including conservation genetics and population viability analysis). The last section of the paper deals with solutions, including protected areas, translocations, education and community engagement.

    Learning Outcomes
    Conservation Biology students will gain an understanding of the basic ecological principles underlying conservation. Students will be able to gather and analyse information and answer questions about conservation and will be able to apply their knowledge to discuss and solve real-life problems. Above all students will have an appreciation of the need for and an ability to apply critical thinking, scientific rigour and a systematic approach to conservation problems.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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