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Conservation biology is a multidisciplinary endeavor that draws from the natural, social and economic sciences. Conservation biologists study the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biodiversity, as well as how evolutionary processes sustain genetic, population, species, and ecosystem diversity. This course will mostly emphasize natural science elements of conservation biology but always within a social and economic context. The course will also provide a practitioner's perspective of the relationship between science and policy from work done in Washington State over the last 30 years. This course will introduce students to the literature, controversies, and promising methodologies for a variety of conservation biology applications. In addition, a number of local experts will provide perspectives on their applied work in the field of conservation. We will read, discuss, and write on various conservation topics. Course assignments will include written and oral exercises with peer evaluations to help students develop ideas and improve communication skills. This course will introduce students to the principal concepts and methodologies of conservation biology, enrich their understanding of the scientific contributions necessary for solving conservation problems, and further their powers of analysis and communication.
Credits per quarter
- Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Class Size: 15
Scheduled for: Evening
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Located in: Olympia