Spring 2009

Seminar in Conservation Biology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-48


Rachel A. Levin (Section 01)


Conservation biology is the scientific study of the Earth's biodiversity, the natural processes through which it evolved and is maintained, and the stresses imposed upon it by human activities. Conservation biology is highly interdisciplinary, requiring careful consideration of both biological and sociological issues. Utilizing articles from the primary literature, this course will focus on topics such as the effects of habitat fragmentation, loss of genetic diversity, introduced species, and climate change, as well as how to determine appropriate conservation priorities. Three classroom hours per week. Requisite: Biology 23 or 32 or permission from the instructor. Limited to 14 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Professor R. Levin.