Fall 2020

Seminar in Conservation Biology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-440  |  Environmental Studies, as ENST-441


Rachel A. Levin (Section 01)


(Offered as BIOL 440 and ENST 441) Conservation biology is a highly interdisciplinary field, requiring careful consideration of biological, economic, and sociological issues. Solutions to biodiversity conservation and environmental challenges are even more complex. Yet, conservation is a topic of timely importance in order to safeguard biological diversity. Utilizing close reading and discussion of articles from the primary literature, the course will explore key topics including overexploitation (including connections between the wildlife trade and emergent diseases such as COVID-19), habitat fragmentation, climate change, restoration, protected areas, payments for ecosystem services, as well as how to determine appropriate conservation priorities. Three classroom hours per week.

This course will be conducted in a hybrid format, with both in-person and online components as needed, supported by appropriate technology.  Options for online-only participation will be available for those students unable to participate in person.

Requisite: BIOL 230/ENST 210 or BIOL 320, or consent of the instructor. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 14 students. Fall Semester. Senior Lecturer Levin.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to biology and environmental studies majors and by class year (seniors first, etc.).


Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Quantitative Reasoning


2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020