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Introduction to Conservation Biology

Intro lecture for conservation biology course (BIOL 379)

Jennifer Dever

on 23 August 2016

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Transcript of Introduction to Conservation Biology

Introduction to Conservation Biology
Main Goals of Conservation
What can you expect?
Course Information
Service Learning Component
Field Trips
Tuesdays 12:45-3:45
Mt. Tamalpais
Crissy Field
Muir Woods
Pt. Reyes*
SF Estuary Institute
Group Outings (SL presentations)
A relatively new, integrated science that has developed in response to severe changes in the ecosystem.


What is Conservation Biology?
1. Document the full range of biological diversity
2. Investigate human impact on species, communities, ecosystems
3. Develop practical approaches to prevent species extinction

Conservation of:
Genetic Diversity
Species Diversity
Habitat Diversity
Ecosystem management
& Sustainable development

Conservation “problems” addressed
4 Ethical Principles of Conservation:
1. The diversity of species and biological communities should be preserved.
2. The untimely extinction of populations and species should be prevented.
3. Ecological complexity should be maintained and evolution should continue.
4. Biological diversity has intrinsic value.

How is cons bio different?

Both value-laden & mission driven
Advocacy oriented & crisis oriented
Adaptive science
Legally empowered
2013 UN report: "steep decline in Central African elephant populations over the past decade and observes that multiple mass slaughters of the animals have been reported in protected areas in recent months"
Fact: 30% of amphibian species are threatened with extinction
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