Conservation ecology is a multidisciplinary subject area including aspects of subjects as diverse as biology, biogeography, environmental sciences, evolution, and the social sciences and humanities. The module has four central themes:
- Approaches to conservation and sustainability.
- The ecological science underpinning conservation ecology, including measures of biodiversity, evolutionary ecology, genetics and population processes, population control, rewilding and manipulating populations.
- Threats to biodiversity including climate change, invasive species, habitat degradation and loss and human ecology.
- Mitigation and enhancement methods such as habitat restoration, population recovery and reintroduction programmes.
To achieve credit for this module, students must:
- Evaluate the major threats to wildlife and their impact at a range of scales.
- Develop an understanding of approaches to sustainability, and conservation values and ethics.
- Explain the scientific concepts underpinning conservation ecology.
- Evaluate conservation management techniques and assess their impact on habitat and species ecology.
|Coursework||Presentation (15 minutes)||50%|
|Examination||Exam (1.5 hours)||50%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Krausman, P. and Leopold, B. (2014) Essential readings in wildlife management and conservation. John Hopkins University Press
- Lockwood, J., Hoopes, M and Marchetti, M. (2013) Invasion ecology. Wiley Blackwell
- Moss, S. (2016) Wild kingdom: bringing back Britain's wildlife. Square Peg
- Primack, R (2014) Essentials of conservation biology. Sinauer
- Townsend, C., Begon, M. and Harper, J. (2014) Essentials of ecology. 4th ed. Wiley-Blackwell
- Allison, S.K. (2014) Ecological restoration and environmental change: renewing damaged ecosystems. Routledge.
- Booy, O., Wade, M. and Roy, H. (2015) A field guide to invasive plants and animals in Britain. Bloomsbury
- Ewen, J., Armstrong, D., Parker, K. and Seddon, P. (eds) (2012) Reintroduction biology: integrating science and management. Wiley-Blackwell
- Flower, C. (2014) Irreplaceable woodlands: some practical steps to restoring our wildlife heritage. Papadakis.
- Hobb, R., Higgs, E. and Hall, C (2013) Novel ecosystems: intervening in the new world order. Wiley-Blackwell
- Mills, L.S. (2013) Conservation of wildlife populations: demography, genetics, and management. 2nd edn. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Pereira, H. and Navarro, L (2015) Rewildling European landscapes. Springer
- Richardson, D (2010) Fifty years of invasion ecology. Wiley-Blackwell
- Rotherham, I and Lambert, R. (2011) Invasive and introduced plants and animals: human perceptions, attitudes and approaches to management. Earthscan
- Sinclair, A., Fryxell, J., and Caughley, G. (2006) Wildlife ecology, conservation and management. Wiley-Blackwell