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Week Topics
   
INTRODUCTORY ACTIVITIES
 
21 Aug Snapshot of the need for Conservation Biology in Practice   
  • What is happening?
  • How and why is this happening?
  • Why does it matter?
  • What are we doing about it?
Preparation, Activities, & Assignments
You absolutely must read the syllabus to understand how this class will work.



26 & 28 Aug OIL PALM CASE STUDY - INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION

Monday: 
  • Introduction to Borneo oil palm case
  • Species richness activity and lab
Wednesday:
  • Corridors - discussion and activity
  • Introduction to Red List



4 Sept NO CLASS MONDAY - LABOR DAY

Wednesday: Camera trap training - OUTSIDE

Preparation, Activities, & Assignments


9 & 11 Sept OIL PALM CASE STUDY

Monday:  
  • Extinctions 
  • Conservation Status
  • Biodiversity Hotspots
  • Red List

Wednesday:

Preparation, Activities, & Assignments



16 & 18 Sept CONCEPTS & SYNTHESIS

Island biogeography, metapopulations, fragmentation, corridors

Monday:  Island biogeography and metapopulation models, and their implications for conservation

Wednesday: Fragmentation, conservation networks and corridors

Preparation, Activities, & Assignments



23 & 25 Sept TRIANGLE LAND CONSERVANCY CASE STUDY - LOCAL LAND CONSERVATION

Monday:
  • Introduction to local land conservancies and how they work
Wednesday:
Preparation, Activities, & Assignments



30 Sept & 2 Oct                         TRIANGLE LAND CONSERVANCY CASE STUDY - LOCAL LAND CONSERVATION

Monday: Field trip to White Pines Nature Preserve - 7A departure from Jordan Addition, back by 11A.  It's imperative that we have an on-time departure.

Wednesday:  Natural Heritage Program data and their uses.

Take home mid-term exam distributed electronically on Friday afternoon (15:00) - due Wed (9 Oct) morning before the start of class electronically Friday 11 Oct at noon.  This change was negotiated with the class on Monday 7 October.


Preparation, Activities, & Assignments



7 & 9 Oct CONCEPTS & SYNTHESIS

Open Standards for Conservation 

Monday:
  • Introduce open standards
  • Class activity - application to Temple Flat Rock

Wednesday:
  • Mid-term exam due by 9AM electronically
  • Apply open standards to your species and present to class
  • Discuss student-selected topics
Friday:

Preparation, Activities, & Assignments    



14 & 16 Oct ALLIGATOR RIVER CASE STUDY - RURAL REGIONAL CONSERVATION

Monday:
  • Red wolf research article jigsaw
  • Conservation Genetics and Red Wolves
  • Hardy Weinberg Activity
Wednesday:
  • Genetic drift spreadsheet activity
  • 10-11 - Dennis Herman, NC Department of Transportation



Preparation, Activities, & Assignments



21 & 23 Oct ALLIGATOR RIVER CASE STUDY

Monday: 
  • Finish genetic drift lab
  • Compare Yellowstone gray wolf and NC red wolf reintroductions 

Wednesday:
  • Predator prey dynamics
  • Canned hunt discussion wrap up

Preparation, Activities, & Assignments


28 & 30 Oct CONCEPTS & SYNTHESIS 

FlashResearch: Canned Hunting and Conservation Task Force


During the week of 28 October, we will work on the issue of canned hunting and conservation, starting with the video we have all watched and digging deeper into the issues.  Our goal will be to lead a discussion on the issue, well-grounded in fact, science, and knowledge of policy and law. We will invite students from the College to attend and participate.

Monday:  Problem description and research

Wednesday:  Research, preparation, presentation, and discussion

Preparation, Activities, & Assignments


4 & 6 Nov Monday: Dr. Mary Freeman, guest lesson 9:10-10A

PIMA COUNTY, AZ, CASE STUDY - URBAN REGIONAL CONSERVATION

Wednesday:  
  • Housekeeping - schedule for rest of semester
  • The Pima County Story - The Timing of Her Death Could not Have Been More Appropriate

Preparation, Activities, & Assignments
    


11 & 13 Nov PIMA COUNTY, AZ, CASE STUDY - URBAN REGIONAL CONSERVATION

Monday: Optional class time 
  • work on eMammal or your research projects 
  • instructors available on demand
Wednesday:
  • Carolyn Campbell from Tucson by Skype
Friday: Alligator River Trip: Departure approx 06:30 from NCSU, back by 21:00
  • bring your own lunch and snacks and water
  • and your own money for dinner on the road

Preparation, Activities, & Assignments



18 & 20 Nov CONCEPTS & SYNTHESIS

Monday: Prepare for debate-discussion

Wednesday: FlashResearch: Debate-discussion - The US Fish and Wildlife Service should discontinue efforts to sustain the reintroduced red wolf population.
  • 9:10-9:15 - select stakeholder and assign students to stakeholders
  • 9:15-10:05 - preparation
  • 10:05A-10:10A - break and setup
  • 10:10A - debate-discussion - the public will be invited to attend and participate



25 Nov CAMERA TRAP WRAP

Monday: Arielle Parsons will visit to work through analysis of our camera trap data with us

NO CLASS WEDNESDAY - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!



2 & 4 Dec RESEARCH PROJECT PRESENTATIONS -  9:30 Start time both days!!

Monday: 
9.30 Black-footed Ferrets 
10.00 Appalachian Brook Trout

Wednesday
9.30 Bluefin Tuna
10.00 Sharks

10.30 Class debrief




9 Dec FINAL EXAM PERIOD - OURS IS Wed 11 Dec 8A-11A
  • In class, open world, completed and submitted on laptops

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