ENVIRON 210D. Conserving the Variety of Life on Earth – Nicholas School Undergraduate Programs

ENVIRON 210D. Conserving the Variety of Life on Earth

Instructor: Stuart Pimm
Curriculum Code: NS, SS
Credit: 1 Unit
Course Travel?: No
Prerequisites?: No

An overview of biological diversity, its patterns, and the current extinction crisis. Historical and theoretical foundations of conservation, from human values and law to criteria and frameworks for setting conservation priorities; island biogeography theory, landscape ecology, and socioeconomic considerations in reserve design; management of endangered species in the wild and in captivity; managing protected areas for long term viability of populations; the role of the landscape matrix around protected areas; and techniques for conserving biological diversity in semi-wild productive ecosystems such as forests.