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Last approved: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:02:13 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:23:09 GMT

Formerly Known As: BIO 561


Change Type
Major
AEC (Applied Ecology)
761
031540
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Conservation Biology
Conservation Biology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Applied Ecology (11AE)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Dr. Nick Haddad
Professor
Full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2020NoThe course typically is 95% phd students and 5% or less masters students.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Conservation Biology applies principles from ecology, genetics, and other biological disciplines to the conservation of biological diversity. This course will train students in techniques in population ecology such as population viability analysis; community ecology and theories of biodiversity; and reserve selection algorithms. The class will examine threats to biodiversity such as habitat fragmentation and loss, climate change, and invasion by exotic species. These issues will be considered within the context of economoic, social, and legal constraints. Graduate status or permission of instructor.

The students have converted from mostly MS to nearly entirely PhD (along with changes in our program and at the university level), therefore the 700 level better reflects the course.


Dr. Haddad is in the Applied Ecology department and therefore the course prefix needs to be changed from Bio to AEC.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
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Additional Information
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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of SciencesDr. Jane LubischerThe Department of Biological Sciences has no concern with this change in prefix. It is appropriate for Dr. Haddad's BIO 561 to change to AEC.

Best,
Jane
none

The class will focus on the concepts and theories in ecology that have the greatest potential for conserving biological diversity.  The recurrent question will be: how can we apply ecology to improve conservation of species and biodiversity?  There are obvious solutions to most conservation problems that ultimately stem from rapid human population growth and associated habitat destruction.  In our class, we will focus on those issues but more extensively on identifying creative applications of ecology and areas of research that will mitigate human impacts on biodiversity. 


Student Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize & Describe the principles of ecology and biology as they apply to conservation of biological diversity and ecosystem services

  • Describe & Discuss tools and new scientific advances in conservation Biology

  • Practice quantitative principles in conservation biology

  • Apply graphical, quantitative, and first principles to explain conservation responses

  • Analyze primary research in conservation biology

  • Demonstrate acquired skills in writing & oral presentations, particularly through discussion-based aspects of this course


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Midterm25%see syllabus
Final Exam35%see syllabus
Participation35%This will include your participation in class discussions, your contribution to web-based discussions, and your performance in leading your specific discussion (which includes break-out and bigger discussions in class, and moderating online forum). Please see the syllabus for details for how your participation will be assessed.
Readings assignments5%You will be asked to review two proposals written by your fellow students. You will evaluate its merit for funding. The authors will have the opportunity to incorporate the comments from your reviews before they are submitted for a grade.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
The ecology of conservation1 weeksee syllabus
Biodiversity and the Endangered Species Act1 weeksee syllabus
Global conservation hotspots1 weeksee syllabus
Population viability analysis I: Overview1 weeksee syllabus
Conservation genetics1 weeksee syllabus
Population viability analysis II: demographic1 weeksee syllabus
Population viability analysis III: metapopulation1 weeksee syllabus
Midterm; one page abstract or outline of paper due1 weeksee syllabus
Terrestrial reserve design1 weeksee syllabus
Marine reserve design 1 weeksee syllabus
Invasive species1 weeksee syllabus
Climate adaptation1 weeksee syllabus
Ecosystem services and management1 weeksee syllabus
Restoration ecology, adaptive mngment1 weeksee syllabus
Conservation and the human population1 weeksee syllabus
Presentations1 weeksee syllabus
Mbreiski:The students have converted from mostly MS to nearly entirely PhD (along with changes in our program and at the university level), therefore the 700 level better reflects the course. In addition, Dr. Haddad is in the Applied Ecology department and therefore the course prefix needs to be changed from Bio to AEC.

mlnosbis 5/3/2016: No overlapping courses. Fully approved by BIO and COS.

ghodge 5/12/2016 Ready for ABGS reviewers

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-If the course is going from a Masters level to Doctorate, should not the requirements increase for a higher level course?

ghodge 8/12/2016 No change is required, but the ABGS may want to discuss this issue
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