Biodiversity and Conservation


The science of conservation biology is a recent one and addresses the international concern surrounding biodiversity loss and species extinctions. In this module the student will learn about spatial and temporal patterns in biodiversity, interlinkages between climate change and biodiversity loss, species extinctions, and the factors which make species vulnerable to extinction and extinction processes. The student will learn to prioritise species in terms of endangerment and chose the most appropriate management strategies to ensure the long-term survival of vulnerable species. The students will be aware of contrasting value systems and stakeholder issues when making management decisions.

Sustainable development topics referenced within the module include: No poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Wellbeing; Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action; Clean Water and Sanitation; Life Below Water; Life On Land, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the criteria for the establishment of protected areas and the principles underlying their management.

  2. Identify contrasting values among stakeholders where biodiversity is threatened.

  3. Evaluate the need for ex-situ conservation of rare and endangered species

  4. Assess whether a species is at risk of extinction, categorise that risk and identify the significant threats to it.

  5. Understand the interlinkage between climate crisis and biodiversity loss and identify nature based solutions to mitigate this loss

  6. Critically assess ecological restoration theory and models used to conserve vulnerable habitats and species

% Coursework 40%
% Final Exam 60%