A study of biodiversity and the processes that lead to species rarity and extinction. Topics include speciation theory, genetic variation, populations, species interactions, disturbance regimes, invasive species and community and ecosystem level conservation and restoration. Emphasis on scientifically sound strategies for conserving species in both terrestrial and aquatic systems. This course has a strong field component and will be offered in alternating years.
Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week for one semester. Four credits.
Prerequisite(s):BI 103 - BI 104 or equivalent as determined by Department Chair.