Spring 2023 - BISC 309 D100

Conservation Biology (3)

Class Number: 1862

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    BLU 10021, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 204 with a grade of C- or better.



An examination of the primary threats to biodiversity, how biological processes contribute to the persistence of populations and structure of communities, and species and landscape approaches to conservation in the real world. Students who have taken BISC 474 in Spring 2006 or BISC 475 in Spring 2008 as special topics courses titled 'Conservation Ecology' cannot take this course for further credit.


Conservation biologists seek solutions to the daunting problem of how to preserve the evolutionary potential and ecological viability of the world’s biodiversity in the face of increasing pressure from human activities. In this course, we will examine the primary threats to biological diversity, assess how genetic, ecological, and land/seascape level processes contribute to the persistence of populations and the structure of communities, and explore species and landscape approaches to managing biodiversity on a local and global scale. The course will be organized around lectures and guest lectures, supplemented with computer games, tutorial readings from the primary literature and discussions and role-playing connecting scientific research with conservation decisions in the real world.


  • • Examination 30%
  • • Essay 30%
  • • Understanding the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 10%
  • • Tutorial and quizzes 30%



There is no required textbook.


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Registrar Notes:


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