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In situ Conservation Biology (NBID47)

Logged rainforest in northern Peru.

This course aims to give an overview of the foundations of conservation biology. After the course, the student should be able to understand, discuss and communicate both in text and orally: the value of biodiversity, the genetics and population ecology of small and/or decreasing populations, various types of direct and indirect human impacts on environments and species, in situ conservation in theory and practice and the ecology, politics and economics of conservation. The students should also be able to communicate the value and complexities of biological conservation in the society.

The course consists of: (i) Lectures, (ii) Student-led seminars on subjects dealt with in the textbook, (iii) Excursions to traditional agricultural landscapes, (iv) Debates on various polarised topics relevant for conservation biology, and where students are assigned a view, and assumed to read up on the topic, summarise it, and defend their view in a "public" debate. (v) Case studies of given conservation problems presented as written reports.

Capucin monkeys from Manu in southern Peru and a poison arrow frog (Ranitomeya variabilis) from Caynarachi, northern Peru. All photos Karl-Olof Bergman.

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Last updated: 02/23/12