Conservation Biology
Biology 5548/5548G
Instructor: C. Ray Chandler


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The textbook for this course is Primack, R. B., 2002, Essentials of Conservation Biology, 3rd ed., Sinauer, Sunderland, Massachusetts. This text gives a broad and readable introduction to the science of conservation biology. Readings assignments from this text are given in the course schedule and the lecture outline. Additional readings will be assigned from the current literature.

There is no text or lab manual for the laboratory portion of the course.


My office is MPCS 2043B. I have no formal office hours. Instead, I have an open door policy. Students are welcome to stop by at their convenience or see me to arrange an appointment. If you are unable to reach me you may leave a message in the Biology Department office (681-5487). You may also reach me using e-mail. Don't hesitate to see me if you need help. I am happy to have you visit me in my office.


Attendance in this course is expected, but at your discretion. Failure to attend class will result in poorer performance on the tests. Furthermore, there are no make-up tests or assignments, and my notes are not available after missed classes.


There will be four lecture exams in this course, each worth 100 points (400 points total). These exams will include definitions, basic calculations, concise short-answer questions, and detailed discussion questions. Students taking the graduate section (5548G) will be tested with calculations and discussion questions only. Bring blank paper, a calculator, and two writing utensils to every exam.

In addition to lecture exams, the laboratory will involve a major research project (125 points). Thus, your final grade will be calculated from a total of 525 points. There is no extra credit.


The laboratory for this course will involve a number of field trips. Be sure to come to lab prepared to go outside and to work in a field setting. Wear clothing appropriate for walking in woods and fields. Be prepared for hot or cool weather. Yes, there are insects out there.


All work in this class is expected to be your own. If you violate GSU policies concerning academic dishonesty (see the Student Conduct Code for a definition of academic dishonesty) you will receive an F in the course and the incident will be reported to the administration (it will go on your permanent record).

The Student Conduct Code also requires you to conduct yourself in a non-disruptive manner (turn off cell phones, no talking, be respectful of classmates). Disruptive students will be removed from the lecture hall and, if disruptions continue in future classes, will be removed from the course.

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