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Conservation Biology in Practice: Solutions for People and Nature

Semester and Year SP 2019
Course Number PRACT-UG1550
Section 001
Instructor Jim Tolisano
Days T
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4
Level U


Sect 002 for Environmental Studies majors.


The past century of exponential population growth, infrastructure development, and resource uses has stressed nature’s systems to dangerous levels. A particularly ominous threat faces us from the loss of cultural and biological diversity, and the associated challenges posed by severely disrupted climate systems. This Gallatin practicum will develop a 21st Century conservation toolkit and cutting edge strategies to reduce global threats to biological and cultural diversity. Students will work in teams to select a site-based project from a menu of real world project options and design practical and achievable solutions to these risks and threats.We will use tools from the biology, earth sciences, anthropology, social psychology, economics, and business to determine the cause, magnitude, and urgency of threats. Student teams will then use the results from these scientific and financial approaches to learn how to plan and implement practical conservation solutions that can be applied on the ground. We will also use the skills and insights from the arts and communication media to tell the story of conservation needs, and build commitment by a wide spectrum of society to get the work done to resolve them.


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Practicum (PRACT-UG)