Fall 2023: European, African, and Asian Adventure

NR 300 Biological Diversity [CRN 70352]

Overview of Course

We are currently facing an unprecedented biodiversity collapse, primarily caused by human activities. This course aims to provide an understanding of the significance of this crisis by exploring patterns of worldwide biodiversity, species origination and extinction over geological time, and the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss. We will delve into general principles and open questions, such as how to best measure biodiversity and how to select species for protection. In addition, the course will cover conservation study design, including monitoring, and examine conservation practices and strategies, such as protected areas, restoration ecology, and sustainable management of natural resources. Through case studies of conservation efforts, students will analyze and critically evaluate their effectiveness. Throughout the duration of our voyage, we will have the opportunity to explore diversity patterns and observe various conservation efforts in a wide range of countries.