Biodiversity and Conservation

Course Code: NATS 1940 A 6.0

Instructor's Name: Mark Vicari

Course Description:

During the fall term, we consider Biodiversity at the genetic, species, and ecological levels. Topics include the importance of genetic diversity in populations, the measurement of species diversity, and an evolutionary perspective on past and present diversity, including the centrality of extinction. Students will learn the basic groups of organisms, with a focus on some of the larger, more familiar groups. During the winter term, we consider issues that threaten species diversity, and we assess the extent of biodiversity loss globally. The challenges faced by small and by declining populations will be considered. Particular threats are considered: climate change, habitat destruction, over-exploitation, and invasive species. There may be a unit that focuses on one or more particular groups, such as amphibians, reptiles, or birds. We will consider some of the successes in halting or slowing biodiversity loss.

Course Format:

Three lecture hours per week and one tutorial hour per week which will primarily be used for assignment work.

Course Credit Exclusions:

NCR Note: This course is not available for credit for any student who has passed or is taking SC/BIOL 1000 3.00, SC/BIOL 1001 3.00 or SC/BIOL 1010 6.00

Mathematical Content:

Simple mathematical calculation; not beyond a grade 9 level.

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