Prerequisites: ENV 501 and 502, or permission of instructor. (First semester/3 credits)
Conservation Biology examines the critical problems of maintaining, enhancing and restoring biological diversity for the 21st century. It applies disciplines such as ecology, population biology, genetics and modeling to the conservation of rare or keystone species and endangered ecosystems. The course includes discussion of multidisciplinary topics such as international trade in wildlife, ethnobotany, ecological restoration, conservation ethics, natural resource economics, conservation genetics and ecotourism. Students contribute to the seminar format through journal exercises, active discussion, role-playing and oral presentations.