Wildlife Conservation and Policy
Winter 2015 quarter
Global change is threatening biodiversity at local, regional, and international scales. This elective will focus on the science and implementation behind conservation biology’s goals of slowing, stopping, and reversing wildlife population declines. Topics will include global, national, and state strategies to categorize, prioritize and protect threatened and endangered species from across the taxonomic spectrum. Invited guest speakers —agency scientists, conservation leaders from NGOs, and policy makers—will provide insight on the practical challenges of wildlife conservation. The program will explore the connections and disconnections between wildlife science and policy. Readings from current nonfiction writings and peer-reviewed papers will review a wide range of conservation biology topics merging population ecology, genetics, conservation planning, and policy to explore a modern and interdisciplinary approach to protecting species, habitats and ecosystem services in a rapidly changing world.
Dina Roberts, Ph.D., is a conservation biologist with broad field experience as an ornithologist and wildlife biologist, as well as experience in species management and forest policy development. Her background in field research spans more than two decades and includes studies in temperate and tropical forests to understand the impacts of forest fragmentation and land use change on biodiversity. Dina completed her Master’s research from University of Georgia in collaboration with Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in Panama looking at the importance of shade coffee plantations for tropical ants and birds. Dina received an IGERT Fellowship from the NSF to complete interdisciplinary doctoral research in a team of researchers looking at the importance of sustainable development and biodiversity protection in Costa Rica. She has since worked as a Postdoctoral Researchers at Washington State University, as an Endangered Species Biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and as a Staff Scientist working at the science/policy interface to increase understanding of the global importance and increase protection of boreal forest of North America.
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Evening
Advertised schedule: 6-10p Mon or Wed