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Module

BIO3039 : Biodiversity Science and Management

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Marion Pfeifer
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Shirley, Dr Aileen Mill, Dr Zarah Pattison
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The Biodiversity Science and Policy module has three key objectives:

(1) Introduce the students to a selected set of methods and approaches that can be used to guide policy and decision-making on biodiversity conservation
(2) Highlight a set of key challenges - from local to global scales - for biodiversity conservation
(3) Introduce relevant policies targeted at conserving biodiversity

This is a research-led module that draws on the research experience of staff working at SNES on core areas of biodiversity science: modelling, data and evidence collection and policy.

Outline Of Syllabus

The planet’s biodiversity, comprising individuals, species, habitats and ecosystems, is threatened. The main threats man-made and include hunting, disease spread, climate change and changes in land use and management. Yet despite large-scale efforts to ensure biodiversity conservation, we have witnessed population extinctions and massive deforestation and fragmentation of natural habitats in recent decades. Conservation tries to deal with the challenge of maintaining biodiversity and the function it provides in the face of social and economic growth in industrialized and developing countries.

This module will zoom into key aspects of modern conservation science, drawing on the research experience of staff at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. The module will draw on a series of lectures that will (1) Introduce the students to a selected set of methods and approaches that can be used to guide policy and decision-making on biodiversity conservation, (2) Highlight a set of key challenges - from local to global scales - for biodiversity conservation, (3) Introduce selected relevant policies targeted at conserving biodiversity.

The module will equip students with the ability to critically evaluate the evidence and policies that exist to aid biodiversity conservation. Students will be able to engage with a set of research and policy challenges in the field led by research interest of staff teaching on the module. Possible topics could cover: invasive species and disease spread, human:wildlife interactions and potential mitigation solution, meta-analysis for critical assessment of the evidence underlying policies and practical challenges in policy making.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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