BIOL 329
Conservation Biology Fall 2022
Division III
Cross-listed ENVI 339
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Conservation Biology focuses on protection of the Earth’s biodiversity. This course starts with an overview of biodiversity including patterns of species richness, causes of species loss (extinction), and the critical contributions of biodiversity to ecosystem function and human welfare. Then we analyze ways to conserve biodiversity at the genetic, population, species and community/ecosystem levels. Labs are field oriented, and they focus on local New England communities and ecosystems. Labs emphasize knowing the dominant species in each system; they also stress how to collect and analyze the field data on ecological community structure and function that are critical to test hypotheses that relate to different conservation goals.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lectures, discussions, and a weekly lab.
Limit: 24
Expected: 15
Class#: 2007
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on lab assignments, discussion participation, two exams and an independent project.
Prerequisites: BIOL 203/ENVI 203 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Biology majors, Environmental Studies majors, seniors, and juniors
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
BIOL 329 Division III ENVI 339 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives

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