Ecological, genetic and biogeographic principles underlying biological conservation; rationale for conservation; genetics and population dynamics of small populations; conservation problems relating to human-mediated threats to species. Project work consisting of submission of a research proposal relating to the conservation of indigenous biodiversity in New Zealand.
This paper is intended to provide a grounding in conservation biology for Wildlife
Management students coming from non-biological science backgrounds. It is taught in
conjunction with ZOOL 319, and in addition to the ZOOL 319 assignments and exam, there
is project work consisting of submission of a research proposal relating to the conservation
of indigenous biodiversity in New Zealand.
See ZOOL 319 for details of paper structure and learning outcomes, etc.
|Paper title||Conservation Biology for Wildlife Management|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,535.97|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,517.77|
- ECOL 311, ZOOL 319
- Limited to
- PGDipWLM, MWLM
- Approval from the Head of Department of Zoology is required for non-PGDipWLM students.
- Teaching staff
- Professor Liz Slooten
Professor Philip Seddon
Associate Professor Yolanda van Heezik
Associate Professor Bruce Robertson
Dr Graeme Oatley
- Paper Structure
- The paper starts with a section on conservation threats, followed by material on the scientific tools used by conservation biologists (including conservation genetics and population viability analysis). The last section of the paper deals with solutions, including protected areas, translocations, education and community engagement.
- Textbooks are not required for this paper.
The course material refers to recently published research in scientific journals.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship,
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Conservation Biology students will gain an understanding of the basic ecological principles underlying conservation. Students will be able to gather and analyse information and answer questions about conservation and will be able to apply their knowledge to discuss and solve real-life problems. Above all students will have an appreciation of the need for and an ability to apply critical thinking, scientific rigour and a systematic approach to conservation problems.