Biol 385 - Topics in Biology: Conservation Science

- Spring 2015 -

Updated:
5 January 2015

Instructor: Jim Dooley

Office: BSC 428

Phone: 740-826-8227

E-mail: jdooley@muskingum.edu

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Course Description:

This seminar is intended as a directed learning experience in the area of conservation science. 

Reading assignments will be drawn from a text: Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature (2015, Peter Kareiva & Michelle Marvier, Roberts & Company Publishers,
ISBN 13 =  978-1-936221-49-3).

Note: It is extrememly important that you get the 2015 version of this book.   There was an earlier edition published in 2011, do not use that version!

The overarching aim of the course is to provide you with a solid foundation in the area of conservation science.

   

Course Learning Objectives:  Course Leaning Objectives extend directly from the Biology Department's Learning Goals.   In particular, the learning objectives for this course emphasize Biology Department Learning Goals 1 & 4.   As a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to:


Seminar  Meetings:

This course will be delivered online. 

Student Requirements:

Each student will be required to submit a detailed outline of the week's chapter reading in the text via email no later than Sunday at 8 pm.    The outline should be written in MS Word and be broken down by the headings and subheadings in each chapter. Outlines should be detailed enough to capture all important points presented in the chapter.  In addition, outlines should include key examples and references to the literature.   I expect each outline will be approximately 5 pages in length.


Final Exam: There will be no final exam.  


Final Grade: Your final grade will be determined based on an average of your weekly outline grades.   Please note the following relative to grading policy:


Communication Policy:   I understand that you may or may not routinely check email in your personal life.  However, email is a critical means of communication for this course.  Your are responsible for checking in for course email at least once each day.  "I didn't receive the email" will not  be accepted as an excuse if you fail to receive and act on announcements or changes to course assignments

 

Classroom Schedule

 

Submission Deadline Dates

Topic/Activity

Chapter Reading

1/18

Humans Are the Dominant Ecological Force (Chapter 1)

1/25

Biodiversity and Extinction

2

2/1

Ecosystem Services: Accounting for Nature's Value
3

2/8

Policy Responses to Biodiversity Loss and Ecosystem Degredation
4

2/15

Protected Areas: A Cornerstone of Conservation
5

2/22

Conservation Planning and Priorities
6

3/1

The Perils of small populations

 7

3/8

No outline due: Spring Break


3/15

Population Size, Trend and Viability

8

3/22

Assessing Threats and Choosing Conservation Actions
9

3/29

Islands of Nature and the Role of Dispersal
10

4/5

Easter Break: no outline due


4/12

Restoration and Reintroduction: Measures of Last Resort

11

4/19

Adapative Managment and Evidence-Based Conservation
12

4/26

Climate Change Demands New Conservation Strategies

18








 
 
Disabilities Statement:

Any student who wishes to request an accommodation  is responsible to contact the Disability Education Office (DEO) to discuss his/her specific needs and the process to receive reasonable accommodation.  Please contact the DEO, located in The PLUS Center in Walter Hall #26 or call 740-826-6132 to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.  At the appointment, the procedure to coordinate accommodations will be discussed.  You can also find information about the process for accommodation on the web at http://www.muskingum.edu/deo