Module title: Conservation Biology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV09109
Module leader: Jennifer Dodd
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science


Description of module content:

Conservation biology has been called a “crisis discipline” to reflect the fact that it is a branch of biology that has developed to address the global loss of biodiversity related to human impacts such as habitat loss/fragmentation, over-exploitation, invasive species and climate change. A firm foundation in this discipline will be essential for graduates in both Animal & Conservation Biology and Marine & Freshwater Biology in the coming decades. In the first half of the module, all students will learn some fundamentals of conservation biology: why biodiversity is important for humans; the threats to biodiversity; the need for evidence-based conservation practice; adaptive management principals; principals of protected area networks; ecological restoration etc.

In the second half of the module, students of Animal & Conservation Biology (ACB) and Marine & Freshwater Biology (MFB) will explore these topics in more depth using case-studies that apply to their own areas: ACB students will study evidence-based conservation with special reference to terrestrial systems and the conservation of birds, considered an important indicator taxa of ecosystem health; similarly, MFB students will do so with special reference to marine systems and the conservation of whales.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the importance of biodiversity to ecosystems and describe the main threats facing biodiversity.
LO2: Identify the ecological principles that underlie the both the design and prioritisation of protected area networks.
LO3: Demonstrate the requirement for evidence-based and multidisciplinary solutions to conservation of biodiversity.
LO4: Provide specific examples of evidence-based conservation actions in either marine or terrestrial systems.

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