Students will recognise and demonstrate an understanding of conservation issues along a spectrum ranging from individual animals, through to populations (including conservation genetics), reintroductions, habitat restoration and anthropogenic sources of conflict. Based on case studies of ongoing conservation work this module highlights a solution-conscious approach to the challenges faced by the modern conservationist.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Appreciate the value of an evidence-based approach to wildlife conservation
- Determine and evaluate conservation project aims, approaches and outcomes
- Understand the context for, and challenges associated with, wildlife conservation in the 21st Century
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Manage your time and multiple literature resources to build a strong knowledge base
- Apply a ‘Solution-conscious’ approach to planning conservation projects
- Formulate novel arguments and develop a well informed and confident position
- Engage with others open-mindedly about emotive conservation issues
- Prepared to immerse yourself in current knowledge and stay up to date
- Construct incisive questions about ongoing and developing projects
Students will learn about the scope of wildlife conservation as practised by Marwell Wildlife. The module reflects the specific specialisms within the team of conservation biologists ranging from: individual animal behaviour and welfare; breeding programme management; genetic management of small and closed populations; adaptation to human-dominated landscapes; reintroduction and post release monitoring; habitat restoration and ecology of threatened species; and the role of human communities in modern conservation. The focus throughout is on understanding the biological principles and disciplines that sit behind conservation work, with an emphasis on their translation into real-world projects.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Study time allocation [Contact time includes: Lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstration, practicals/workshops/fieldwork/external visits/work based learning]
Formal Lectures will provide knowledge of wildlife conservation, from the individual to the ecosystem level as well as a theoretical and conceptual framework in which to place the knowledge.
Seminars will allow evaluation and discussion of the topics, within the theoretical and conceptual framework. Students will be required to undertake independent study in order to engage in discussion.
|Total study time||200|
Resources & Reading list
Kleiman, D. et al. Wild mammals in captivity: principles and techniques. University of Chicago Press.
MacDonald, D. & Service, K. Key topics in conservation biology. Wiley-Blackwell.
Sodhi, N.S. (ed). Conservation biology for all. Oxford University Press.
Ausden, M. Habitat management for conservation. Oxford University Press.
Frankham, R. et al. Introduction to conservation genetics. Cambridge University Press.
Hoglund, J. Evolutionary conservation genetics. Oxford University Press.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.