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WIS 6559 Contemporary Issues in Wildlife Protection and Conservation

  • WIS 6559 CREDITS: 3

    Students completing this course will have an understanding of wildlife ecology, biodiversity, current environmental and wildlife concerns, and wildlife and environmental forensics, as well as an overview of some wildlife forensic techniques. The student will have learned some of the various considerations in wildlife management and population assessments, in addition to how to evaluate animal populations for decreases, altered structure, or changing adaptations. The student will be familiar with the current trends in wildlife and ecology threats, including poaching, illegal trade, and environmental disasters, as well as some investigative tools such as soil and isotopic analysis, chemical fingerprinting, and microscopy, that can be used to combat these issues.

    Topics:

    Module Topic
    Module 1 Course Introduction/Conservation Biology & Biodiversity
    Module 2 Biodiversity Threats
    Module 3 Population Ecology
    Module 4 Community Ecology
    Module 5 Restoration Ecology
    Module 6 Wildlife & Environmental Crime/Ethics
    Module 7 Environmental Forensics I: Chemical Fingerprinting/Isotopes
    Module 8 Environmental Forensics II: Microscopy/Denroecology/Palynology
    Module 9 Environmental Forensics III: Soil & Subsurface Issues
    Module 10 Information and Intelligence Gathering: Photointerpretation/Historical Records
    Module 11 Emerging Sciences and Trends

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