This course will be an introduction to Conservation Biology and will examine 1) the evolution of this scientific discipline, 2) the basic theory and methodologies used by Conservation Biologists to assess biodiversity loss over multiple spatial and temporal scales, and 3) the current social attitudes and governmental policies concerning the loss of biodiversity in the US and abroad. The laboratory portion of the course will incorporate case studies, current methodologies used in the field and laboratory (including GIS and GPS), and individual student research projects.

Offered: Alternating Spring terms

Three hours lecture, three hours lab