Below is a synopsis of Senior Synthesis in Conservation Biology as it was taught in the Spring of 2011,
I am not currently teaching this course.
Senior Synthesis in Conservation Biology – EFB 414 

Case Study: Biodiversity Aspects of Wetland Loss and Restoration in the Upper Susquehanna River Basin


COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES: This course will focus on the biodiversity aspects associated with wetland loss and restoration in wetlands of the Upper Susquehanna River Basin. We will include an introduction to wetlands, stressing the interaction of hydrology and geology on biota. We will develop criteria for designating wetland types of common and high conservation priority in the region of interest and apply them to identify target sites for restoration actions. We will explore the use of wetland mitigation banking as a tool for conservation of natural communities and native flora and fauna. We will consider these issues in the context of the legacy of wetland loss associated with historical land use as well as potential impacts of future threats such as hydraulic fracturing “hydrofracking” and further urbanization of the landscape.

APPROACH: We will use a combination of lectures, exercises, discussions, readings, independent projects, and presentations. We will focus on instruction for the first part of the class, with exercises and independent work in the second half of class.


Watershed/Biodiversity Protection & Research:

Upper Susquehanna Coalition: http://www.u-s-c.org/html/index.htm

United States Fish and Wildlife Service: http://www.fws.gov/

Environmental Concerns:

EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Background: http://water.epa.gov/type/groundwater/uic/class2/hydraulicfracturing/index.cfm

EPA Wetland Loss Trends: http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/vital_status.cfm

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Hydraulic Fracturing: http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/58440.html

Spatial Data Resources:

National Wetlands Inventory: http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/

New York State GIS Clearinghouse: http://www.nysgis.state.ny.us/

Biodiversity Hotspots for Conservation: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/

Targeting sites for conservation: Lee et al. 2001; Hunter et al. 2012

Ecosystems and Species:

Palustrine Wetland Ecosystems http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/palustrine.pdf

USDA Plants:  http://www.plants.usda.gov

Flora of North America, in some cases includes old plant synonyms: http://www.efloras.org/