BI 380 - Issues in Biodiversity
This course will describe principal threats to global diversity, including habitat destruction, introduced species, pollution, human population pressures, and overconsumption and appropriation of natural resources by humans. Conservation ethics and approaches to sustainable solutions will be discussed, including protection of landscapes, restoration of habitats, economical considerations, and political issues.
Credit Hours: 3:0:3
- Differentiate the roles and constituencies of politics, economics, and science in the quest for a sustainable biosphere at levels of populations, communities, ecosystems, and biomes.
- Demonstrate the value of genetic and biological biodiversity at the scales of population, community, ecosystem, and biome.
- Evaluate different strategies to predict, assess, preserve, and maintain species populations and predict the factors that lead to extinction and speciation.
- Interrelate various ecological principles, such as succession, population dynamics, genetics, predation, and competition to critique how biological resources are managed at various ecological scales for differing constituencies and goals.
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