MSMS 6209 Biodiversity

(M) Masters
(OS) Halmos Coll of Nat Sci & Ocn
(OMES) OS - Marine & Environ Sciences
3 credits

Globally, biodiversity is being dramatically altered by human activities. While many species remain undiscovered, and ecological roles of existing species poorly understood, the magnitude of the changes is difficult to evaluate. This course will discuss multiple aspects of biodiversity including: the definition of biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, the role of biodiversity, and methods to study biodiversity, with an emphasis on marine conservation issues. Management approaches such as marine protected areas, no take areas, and special management areas will be studied. (Description Last Updated: Fall 2017 (201820))

Learning Outcomes

    At the conclusion of this course the student will be:
  1. Describe patterns in the distribution of biodiversity, the ways of measuring biodiversity and the different ways that biodiversity is measured.
  2. Conceptualize and understand the major paradigms used to explain biodiversity and biogeography pattern(s), and how emerging studies are calling into question (or clarifying/redefining) long-held traditions and beliefs of what biodiversity is, how it is measure/managed
  3. Understand the power of hypothetico deductive methods, and its application in pattern-process vs. process-pattern models of biodiversity
  4. Understand and identify threats to biodiversity and what mechanisms are emerging to identify and manage biodiversity loss
  5. Develop a detailed understanding of global, basin, regional, and local threats to environments and the research and management actions needed to address loss of diversity
  6. Understand major legislative and legal actions of governments and institutions that have been enacted to deal with threats to biodiversity.
  7. Measure the success/failure of current action strategies, such as Marine Protected Areas, by applying lessons learned and incorporation of emerging methods and data sources
Term CRN Dates Campus Instructor
Current Course Offerings
No courses currently scheduled
Future Course Offerings (Subject To Change)
201820 22957 Class Full 08/21 - 10/15/2017 Oceanographic Center Law, Wayne
Class Full Full

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