Issues in Conservation

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Issues in Conservation

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sustainability, Life Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (BIO1GEN or BIO1MGC) and any two of (BIO1AD, BIO1PS, BIO1EEB, BIO1APM)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit covers rationales for biodiversity conservation: moral, aesthetic and utilitarian. Biodiversity and its assessment: measures of biodiversity, survey methods for bacteria, protists, plants and animals, surrogate groups, molecular assessment of biodiversity as genetic information content, rapid assessment methods, endemism, taxonomy and phylogeny. Biodiversity in Australia: continental biogeography, characteristics of Australian ecosystems. Maximising retained biodiversity through optimal reserve selection. Threatening processes. Ecosystem services: relationship to biodiversity. Management of endangered species: status evaluation, life histories, captive maintenance, inbreeding avoidance, reintroduction, population viability analysis, impact of introduced species. Restoration ecology. Use of computer programs for conservation biological analysis: reserve selection, evolutionary distinctiveness, and population viability analysis.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.