Module: Conservation Ecology

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Kelly Swallow
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    200 hours
  • Contact hrs

    50 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 1

Module content

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.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must:

  1. Evaluate the major threats to wildlife and their impact at a range of scales.
  2. Develop an understanding of approaches to sustainability, and conservation values and ethics.
  3. Explain the scientific concepts underpinning conservation ecology.
  4. Evaluate conservation management techniques and assess their impact on habitat and species ecology.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Presentation (15 minutes) 50%
Examination Exam (1.5 hours) 50%

Key texts

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 

Supporting texts

  • 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