Anyone who wants a core understanding of conservation biology and landscape ecology and their application to conservation planning.
Summary and Objectives:
This course provides participants with a foundation in the conservation biology and landscape ecology principles needed for designing sustainable landscapes. Participants will learn how to apply these principles at the landscape scale and within a Strategic Habitat Conservation framework. Within the context of landscape conservation and , the course entails a variety of exercises covering species diversity, genetic drift, effective population size, demographic and environmental stochasticity, single population and meta-population viability analyses, habitat fragmentation, and connectivity.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Understand the principles of conservation biology and landscape ecology and their application to conservation planning.
- Develop measurable biological objectives and monitoring programs for adaptive management.
- Conduct viability analyses for single populations and meta-populations.
- Understand the implications of habitat fragmentation, such as edge effects, connectivity, and patch dynamics.
- Learn to set priorities for designing sustainable landscapes and conservation planning.