Biology 463, Conservation Biology Spring 2006
Instructor: Jim Taulman
Course Description This course examines current threats to biodiversity worldwide. Strategies for protecting, preserving, and restoring endangered species and communities are discussed.
Prerequisite General Biology 154, 164 and Ecology, Bio 223, or permission of the instructor.
Learning Objectives The student will learn the importance of healthy and diverse plant and animal communities. The main threats to biodiversity will be studied. Through exposure to a variety of perspectives on protecting and preserving native species and ecosystems, the student will become familiar with ways of thinking strategically about conservation. Evaluation will be made through scheduled exams and through the students individual work on a research project.
Conferences Student conferences will be by appointment. If you need to meet with me email or call and set up a time to meet before or after class. I can be contacted at: 605-745-3959 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance You should make a commitment to come to every class on time. If you have a schedule conflict with this class and are not going to be able to attend class regularly, drop it and take it again another semester. If you are regularly late, your grade will reflect that lack of interest in the class. Partial attendance will accumulate to class absences. If you miss half of the 3 hour class you will not get credit for attending that class.
This class will be delivered simultaneously to at least 2 college centers. Class meetings will be handled either through the pictel system or partly through online communications. It is not fully developed as an online course at this time.
Book The text for this course is Principles of Conservation Biology, by Groom, Meffe, Carroll, and others. It is available in the bookstore at Piya Wiconi.
Homework Work assignments will consist of reading and being familiar with chapters in the textbook and contributing to discussions during each class period. Individuals will be asked to explain and interpret ideas described in chapters covered each class period.
A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 69
F = 59 and below
This project can incorporate a variety of sources of information, including scientific literature, reference books, consultation with experts in the particular species under investigation, and personal field work to learn more about the species. Presentation of results will be in scientific format with separate sections for Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Literature Cited. An oral presentation of the results of the project will be given and the student may create a PowerPoint presentation if desired. The grade on this project will reflect the level of effort that went into completing it.
Guest speakers I will attempt to schedule local experts on particular areas of
conservation biology to come to class and provide a perspective on their work.
Conservation Biology, Biology 463 Instructor: Jim Taulman
Week 1 Jan. 25 Introduction
Week 2 Feb. 1 What is Conservation Biology 1 and 2
Week 3 Feb. 8 Overexploitation 8
Week 4 Feb. 15 Species Invasions 9
Week 5 Feb. 22 Test #1, Discuss Reports
Week 6 Mar. 1 Climate Change 10
Week 7 Mar. 8 Species and Landscape Approaches
to Conservation 12
Week 8 Mar. 15 Ecosystem Approaches to Conservation 13
Week 9 Mar. 22 Protected Areas, Restoration of Damaged 14 and 15
Ecosystems and Endangered Populations
Week 10 Mar. 29 Test #2, Discuss Reports
Week 11 Apr. 5 Sustainable Development 16
Week 12 Apr. 12 Conservation Science and Policy 17
Week 13 Apr. 19 Conservation Challenges 18
Week 14 Apr. 26 Reports
Week 15 May 3 Final Exam