This course examines the application of population genetics, population ecology, community ecology, and systematics to the conservation of biological diversity. The overarching theme of the course is on the role of stochastic processes for small populations. Lecture/discussion topics will include extinction, the genetics of small populations, metapopulations, and importantly, conservation strategies. Labs will include a mixture of computer and lab projects.
Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture and discussion, 3 hours per week; lab, 1.25 hours per week. students will be assigned to a lab section (block AA - either W or F from 1:30-2:45) during the first week of class.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
Evaluation will be based on lab assignments, two exams, discussion participation, and an independent project
BIOL 203/ENVI 203, or BIOL 305, or permission of instructor
Biology majors, seniors, and juniors
Satisfies the distribution requirement for the Biology major
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
This course uses quantitative and statistical analyses in both the laboratory and lecture portion of the course. In lectures mathematical models will be covered to understand conservation dynamics. In lab, students will collect and analyze data and present results in graphical and statistical forms.