of species are threatened with extinction over the next few years,
primarily due to the destruction of natural habitat by humans.
Conservation Biology is the multidisciplinary science that deals
with this unprecedented threat to biological diversity. Conservation
biologists conduct research on endangered species and habitats,
identify the threats to biological diversity, and develop appropriate solutions. It
is a challenging and rewarding field of biology. Unfortunately,
as the human population continues its inexorable growth in the
new century, there will be an increasing need for well-trained
conservation biologists in all parts of the world.
course provides a broad introduction to the growing field of
Conservation Biology. Lectures cover both the theoretical basis
of conservation science and applied conservation issues from
around the world. This course will introduce students to the
extent of the biodiversity crisis, the threats to biodiversity,
the biology of small populations, methods for conservation (both
in natural habitats and in captivity), and conservation law.
The emphasis throughout is on workable solutions to real-world
problems. This course is ideal for those who want to work with
environmental issues, wildlife management or conservation agencies,
or zoos. It is also designed for those who just want to learn
more about biodiversity and its protection.