BIOL 211 Conservation and the Environment

This course is an introductory conservation biology course. As such, one of the primary goals of the course is to introduce students to the principles and general concepts of conservation biology. Students enrolled in this course will investigate current theories regarding the ongoing extinction of species. The primary focus of the course will be recent vertebrate extinctions. However, we will also explore some case studies of recent plant and invertebrate extinctions. Students will become intimately acquainted with several species that we have lost (some within the lifetimes of the students) and several additional species that we are about to lose. We will also be exploring ecological, educational, philosophical, economic and cultural values that affect human perceptions of conservation and extinction.