Ecology Studies - Conservation Biology and Biodiversity
Learn more about importance of conservation biology in maintaining biodiversity in the natural environment.Publisher: OpenStax College
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Ecology Studies – Conservation Biology and Biodiversity is a course that provides detailed information on the current biodiversity crisis, the importance of biodiversity to human life and the use of conservation preserves and legislative frameworks for biodiversity protection.
The course begins by introducing you to biodiversity and how it exists at multiple levels of organization and is measured in different ways. These measurements include numbers of species, genetic diversity, chemical diversity, and ecosystem diversity. The five mass extinctions of prehistory are explained along with the most recent extinctions recorded in written history and how they are the basis for one method of estimating contemporary extinction rates. Next, you will learn how humans use many compounds as medicines that were first discovered or derived from living organisms. You will learn how the loss of biodiversity threatens ecosystem services that support human agriculture such as: pollination, nutrient cycling, pest control, and soil development and maintenance. You will also learn about the core threats to biodiversity including human population growth and unsustainable resource use, and how habitat loss occurs through deforestation, damming of rivers, and other human activities. Finally, you are introduced to the methods of biodiversity conservation, such as the optimal design of preserves and the limitations imposed by political and economic forces. You will also gain an understanding of how legislation within individual countries protects species and how agreements on global warming have had limited success.
The course will be of great interest to students or professionals who want to develop a career in various aspects of biodiversity and ecosystem conservation or for those who simply want to learn more about the biodiversity crisis, how to preserve and conserve current biodiversity levels and how human activities are the core threat to the planet's ecosystems.
Module 1: Biodiversity Crisis
Module 2: The Importance of Biodiversity
Biodiversity and Human Life
Threats to Biodiversity
Factors Affecting Biodiversity
Module 3: Preserving Biodiversity
Conservation in Preserves
Island Biogeography and Metapopulations
Module 4: Ecology Studies - Conservation Biology and Biodiversity Assessment
After completing this course you will be able to: - Define biodiversity; - Explain biodiversity as the equilibrium of naturally fluctuating rates of extinction and speciation; - Identify historical causes of high extinction rates in Earth’s history; - Explain chemical diversity benefits to humans; - Identify biodiversity components that support human agriculture; - Define ecosystem services; - Identify significant threats to biodiversity; - Explain the effects of habitat loss, exotic species, and hunting on biodiversity; - Identify the early and predicted effects of climate change on biodiversity; - Identify new technologies for describing biodiversity; - Explain the legislative framework for conservation; - Explain the principles and challenges of conservation preserve design; - Identify examples of the effects of habitat restoration; - and discuss the role of zoos in biodiversity conservation.
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