MGAP-4404 Ecosystems I

This course approaches biodiversity concepts and processes with an ecosystem focus, looking at the principles of the biology of conservation. Initially we will explore the ideas of the biology and ecology of conservation, covering everything from natural and current threats to biodiversity all the way to in situ conservation instruments. In this course the students will understand the basic concepts of the biology and ecology of conservation, such as: extinction, habitats and connectivity, threats, and the integrity and stability of ecosystems. The course will take an in-depth look at the biological tools for conservation, including adaptable management of protected land and marine areas and indicators that measure management efficiency.