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General Unit Information

LHI skink (Oligosoma lichenigerum) LHI stick insect (Dryococelus australis)

Conservation Biology is a new, multidisciplinary science born of crisis: the unprecedented threat to biological diversity in modern times. This course has two basic goals.

First, it examines the magnitude and nature of the problem - human impacts, ranging from habitat destruction to introductions of exotic species - on genetic diversity, species, communities, and ecosystems.

Second, the course explores solutions, including both theoretical and practical approaches, to the protection and maintenance of biodiversity. These efforts range from maintaining genetic diversity to preventing species extinctions to restoring entire functioning ecosystems.


Outcomes

Students completing this subject will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the key environmental issues facing humankind and outline the role that humans play in environmental degradation and species extinction.
  2. Evaluate and compare the conservation techniques that can be used to restore habitats and ecosystem function.
  3. Appraise the special problems involved in attempting to conserve endangered species.
  4. Integrate complex political, economic and social issues to formulate effective conservation outcomes.

Specific Unit Information

Coordinator
NamesDr Dave Chapple
E-mailDavid.Chapple@monash.edu
Office location25 Rnf (Building 18), Room G19
Office hoursBy appointment - please e-mail
Technical Coordinator
NamesDanielle Annese
E-maildanielle.annese@monash.edu
Office location25 Rnf (Building 18), Room 114 
Phone9905 0512
Textbooks
PrescribedPractical Conservation Biology, Lindenmayer D, Burgman M, CSIRO Publishing, 2005.
Program for 2016
University Handbook EntryBIO2040- Synopsis, Assessment & Prerequisites
ScheduleBIO2040 - Lecture & Practical Schedule for 2016
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