Conservation Biology


This seminar course departs from the regular lecture-based classroom by implementing diverse learning strategies that reflect or prepare you for more real-to-life scenarios, including discussions and debates, problem-based learning, case studies, inquiry-based learning, concept mapping, research, and publication.  Students will be compelled to take a very active role in learning so that they may really own their education and be empowered with the skills necessary for independent application in the professional world.

The first objective of this course is to establish a conceptual foundation for conservation biology, including the evolution of the discipline, its strong interdisciplinary underpinnings, conservation values and ethics, and conservation perspectives from various cultural backgrounds. Next, we will build on that foundation by exploring the primary threats to biological conservation, including habitat degradation, overexploitation, species invasions, and biological impacts of climate change.  We will then conclude with various professional approaches to solving conservation problems—how to apply this knowledge to action.

Syllabus (2014_ConBio_Lecture_Syllabus)

Learning Modules (Please contact me directly to access specific learning modules.)


Laboratory activities will cultivate an understanding of real-world, hands-on conservation biology through fieldtrips, active discussions, and training on the use of professional tools used by conservation biologists, such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems), which significantly aid in the decision-making process for the management and preservation of biodiversity.

Syllabus (2014_ConBio_Lab_Syllabus)

Learning Modules (Please contact me directly to access specific learning modules.)


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