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Biodiversity is threatened by global environmental change due to human society, however, it provides many ecosystem services required by humans. Within urban areas, for example, opportunities to interact with biodiversity may be rare but can have cultural and health benefits to humans. This module will also provide an overview of the principles and techniques involved in the management of wild vertebrate populations, both the problems caused by wildlife and the conservation of wildlife populations. This is an interdisciplinary module concentrating on the importance of biodiversity to human society, resolving conflicts between human society, conservation goals and institutions for biodiversity management.
This module is designed to:
Equip students with the frameworks and approaches demanded for effective ecosystem-based management that includes both people and environment.
Develop an understanding of experimental approaches for collecting and analysing biodiversity data
Introduce a range of topical case studies may include urban ecology, pollinator ecology and conservation, birds in agricultural landscapes, Issues related to in situ conservation and managing wildlife for harvesting.
Prepare students for a range of future careers in research and ecosystem or wildlife management.
At the end of this module successful students should:
- understand the importance of biodiversity
- understand the range of approaches available for studying and linking ecological
and social systems in the real world;
- understand the basic ecological principles and tools of the trade involved in wildlife conservation and management.
- be aware of the methods available for identifying, managing and resolving conflicts between different stakeholder groups in ecosystem management;
- appreciate the potential and challenges of inter-disciplinary approaches to solving real-world problems.
- be able to use a range of approaches to analyse and disseminate environmental data.
Generic / Employability Skills:
More, generic skills that will arise from this are:
The module provides understanding and hands-on experience of some key methodologies of environmental management used in a wide range of sectors:
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Field Work Report
Biodiversity and Society
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Reassessment - coursework
Verbal feedback during a timetabled feedback session. Written feedback on formative assessment via the VLE. Written feedback on summative assessment.
Hooper,D.U.et. al. (2005) Effect of Biodiversity on Ecosystem Functioning: A Consensus of Current Knowledge. Ecological Monographs, 75 (1), 2005, pp 3 P 35.
Post, ERO et al (1999). Ecosystem consequences of wolf behavioural response to climate. Nature 401(6756): 905P907.
Raffaelli, D and Frid, CJ (2010). Ecosystem Ecology: a New Synthesis. Cambridge University Press.
Sutherland W.J. (2006) Ecological Census Techniques: A Handbook. Cambridge University Press
Caughley, G. & Gunn, A. (1996) Conservation biology in theory and practice. Blackwell Science, Oxford.
Caughley, G. & Sinclair, A.R.E. (1994) Wildlife ecology and management. Blackwell Science, Oxford.
Hudson, P.J., Rizzoli, A., Grenfell, B., Heesterbeek, H. & Dobson, A.P. (2002) The ecology of wildlife diseases. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0 19 850619 8.
Milner-Gulland, E.J. & Mace, R. (1998) Conservation of biological resources. Blackwell Science, Oxford.
Sinclair, A.R.E., Fryxell, J. & Caughley, A.R.E (2006) Wildlife ecology, conservation and management, 2md edition. Blackwell Science, Oxford. (this book is a new, updated edition of Caughley & Sinclair, 1994)
Sutherland, W.J. (ed.) (1998) Conservation science and action. Blackwell Science, Oxford.