Conservation Biology

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Conservation Biology

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BI201 and BI206

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    This course examines conservation biology as a discipline and its role in the ecological understanding of environmental issues. Patterns and reasons for losses of biodiversity such as habitat destruction, fragmentation and introduced species will be examined using case studies from islands of the Pacific and the wider world. The course will emphasize the underlying science used to set priorities, plan, monitor, and detect conservation problems. The course will also explore the ecological inter-relationships between humans and threatened species, including how to increase public awareness and integrate development and conservation together.
    Conservation biology will be examined in detail at both the population and community levels, including the role of population dynamics and demography, population-species-and community-level conservation and the effects of habitat fragmentation. The ecological inter-relationships between man and his food supply, management for conservation goals, sustainable development and population harvesting are considered.

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