Applied Conservation Biology Course Overview
In Applied Conservation Biology, the focus is on how people are using laws, actions, and other approaches to save species and increase biodiversity. In this project-based course, Blair Lee, M.S. weaves core and foundational biology and ecology with a variety of disciplines including the social sciences, the law, and conservation planning.
The course begins by exploring why biodiversity is so important and valuable, including the reasons commonly used to justify conservation. The class then turns attention towards the main causes of biodiversity loss, focusing on the heroes who are working to mitigate these impacts, and the successes they are having.
This course comes with original materials written by Blair Lee for Applied Conservation Biology.
Each week students will learn about important science concepts that build on previous classes. This is a project-based science course. You can look for Blair to encourage mastery of the concepts with a hands-on approach to learning both in class and outside of it.
In addition to important topical knowledge, students will:
- Investigate the biological and social factors that control biodiversity, as well as the modern drivers of biodiversity change.
- With their in-class peers they will discuss how they can recognize and use scientifically credible information.
- Learn the scientific method by using it
- Gain experience writing reports and recording observations
- Work with 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional scientific models
- Have the option of presenting about a conservation biology success and hero
Class will meet weekly for one hour and fifteen minutes to discuss and learn about applied conservation biology. The class is interactive. Student projects turned in will be given specific, individualized feedback.