ENVIRON 303 - Topics in Environmental Natural Science
Section: 001 Tropical Conservation and Ecology
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Tropical and subtropical regions are the most biologically diverse regions of our plant, but they are facing many challenges from climate change, globalization, and ecosystem degradation, leaving their future uncertain. These regions are home to about 75% of the human population and some 90% of all other plants and animals. The tropics are more than simply hotspots of marvelous species diversity, but significantly impact global systems like water, carbon, and oxygen cycles. Consequently, their loss creates ecological and economic problems for people both in and out of the tropics. For decades, most of the attention paid to the tropics and subtropics was to combat human centered problems (e.g., disease and poverty), but biodiversity has been the subject of focus for few governments, agencies, and the public. We are now at a crossroads where choices about preservation and conservation of tropical regions will have major repercussions for both global health and species diversity. This course will explore fundamentals of the conservation and ecology of tropical and subtropical regions, and examine how local- and global-based approaches address key issues like sustainable use, conservation of rare species, and resolving conflicts between humans and wildlife.

Textbook: A. Alonso Aguirre and Raman Sukumar. 2016. Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199766987

Course Requirements:

  • Active participation and attendance.
  • Present on case studies as small groups.
  • Write reports on literature discussed in class.

Class Format:

Discussion and Lecture

ENVIRON 303 - Topics in Environmental Natural Science
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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