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BI 2505

Course Co-ordinator: Professor P Thompson, Dr C Trinder

Pre-requisite(s): BI 1005 or BI 1509

This course aims to provide a basic understanding of the principles of conservation biology, using a wide range of case studies from local Scottish habitats and species to those in more diverse systems. It provides an overview of the nature and value of, and threats to, biodiversity and details the problems faced by small populations of plants and animals. Whilst focusing upon scientific aspects of conservation biology, this inter-disciplinary course covers the legislative, ethical, economic and management frameworks in which practical conservation action is taken.

3 one-hour lectures/seminars per week, 1 three-hour practical per fortnight.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%) and in-course assessment of practical reports and written work (40%).

Resit: A resit exam in the same format as the main exam. This may contain material from both the practical and lecture components of the course.