Wildlife Conservation Biology
Wildlife face a number of challenges including modification and loss of habitat, harvest, and a variety of consequences resulting from climate change. In this program we will focus on vertebrates – fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals – and their conservation and management. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the core principles of the biology and ecology of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine vertebrates. In fall quarter, program work will focus on learning the diversity, evolution, ecology, and behavior of vertebrates and tie these topics to conservation biology and wildlife ecology. In winter quarter, students will deepen their understanding of these fields of study through lectures and case studies on special topics in conservation biology and wildlife management, an examination of the effects of climate change on wildlife, and a group research project. In addition to looking at the animals themselves, we will examine the ways that humans interact with wildlife including hunting and fishing, tourist-based wildlife watching, and the attitudes and interactions that are involved when animals occur in human-dominated landscapes like cities and suburbs.
In addition to conservation biology, our learning goals will include the development of analytical and critical thinking with an emphasis on quantitative analysis, and environmental problem-solving, particularly around diverse conservation challenges ranging from the level of individual species to large-scale ecological function. Weekly activities will include lectures, field work, labs, and workshops. Students will be expected to contribute actively to the learning community and will be evaluated on regular homework assignments, lab and field reports, quizzes and exams, and the final project.
One quarter of college-level general biology
Conservation biology, wildlife management, ecology, and restoration biology
$18 per quarter for entrance fees
Upper division science credit will be awarded upon successful completion of all program requirements and sufficient demonstration of upper division level work. Standard level credit will be awarded for completion of work below the expectations of Upper Division work. Credit will be awarded in Vertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Behavior, Vertebrate Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Fish and Wildlife Management.