MSMS 6209, BCOR 5560
Globally, biodiversity is being dramatically altered by human activities. Because many species remain undiscovered and ecological roles of existing species are poorly understood, the magnitude of these changes is difficult to evaluate. This course will discuss multiple aspects of biodiversity including: definition and importance of biodiversity to conservation issues; threats to biodiversity including introductions of non-indigenous species; impediments to conservation; scientific constraints; developing tools and forums for conserving biodiversity, and evaluating existing biodiversity initiatives currently in place and planned. Management approaches such as parks, protected areas, no-take or completely protected reserves, and special management areas will be discussed and evaluated.
At the conclusion of this course the student will be:
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