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WILM406 Conservation Biology for Wildlife Management

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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
Paper code WILM406
Subject Wildlife Management
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,610.82
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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ECOL 311, ZOOL 319
Limited to
Approval from the Head of Department of Zoology is required for non-PGDipWLM students.
Teaching staff

Professor Philip Seddon
Professor Yolanda van Heezik
Professor Bruce Robertson

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.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-17:50 40
Monday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-39, 41