Conservation Ecology Practices

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMEV004-05
Vaknaam Conservation Ecology Practices
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a (18-10-2021 till 07-11-2021)

Uitgebreide vaknaam Conservation Ecology Practices
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:

1. develop a conservation strategy for a specific nature area using conservation biology theory;

2. apply relevant (inter)national conservation policies and laws;

3. perform quick scans, set-up a monitoring program, and perform a landscape analysis;

4. outline the type of work and philosophies of the relevant (inter)national organizations and institutes working in conservation ecology.
Omschrijving This course links conservation ecology theory to conservation ecology practices. Aim of the course is that students learn to apply relevant eco- evolutionary theories and methods to current pertinent issues in conservation. Topics include advanced landscape ecology (linking geology, eco-hydrology, and nutrient cycles to habitat types), (inter)national and regional policy & law (IUCN/species protection, Natura 2000, Habitat Directive, agri-environmental schemes, SNL, PAS), restoration and management practices in different (fragmented) landscapes (themes in conservation: rewilding Europe, living landscapes, nature inclusive farming). Students will work with various appealing case studies from (inter)national conservation areas to learn about the various specific issues and their conservation strategies and approaches applied. Some conservation areas will be visited during the course, under guidance of the responsible manager. Students will learn relevant techniques (quick scans - getting relevant species/habitat information about specific areas of concern, setting up long-term monitoring programs, mapping species distributions) and apply these to several actual projects at choice in nature areas with relevance in an international context (e.g. the larger Waddensea area, Oostvaardersplassen, Gelderse Poort, de Onlanden, Drents Friese Wold, South-West Friesland). In passing, students get to know the various (non)governmental (inter)national organizations and institutes that deal with conservation practices at academic level via guest lectures and excursions (e.g. World Wildlife Fund, Rewilding Europe, IUCN, Wetlands International, Birdlife International, various Ecological Consultancies (Altenburg & Wymega, Bureau Biota), Provinces of Groningen/Drenthe, and national Nature Management Organizations (Staatsbosbeheer, Natuurmonumenten, de Landschappen), which is important for potential future careers.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC)
(Lectures (42h), assignments (24h), field work/excursions (50h), self study (24 h))
Toetsvorm Practisch werk (PR), Presentatie (P), Tussentoets (IT), Verslag (R)
(Report (50%), presentation (25%), practical (25%), Grades for report, presentation and participation should all be sufficient (6 or higher, 5 or lower is not allowed). The quality of participation in discussions can lower or increase your final grade (max. 0.5 point).)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. ir. C. Smit
Docent(en) dr. ir. D. Bos ,prof. dr. ir. C. Both , C. Brochard , R.H.G. Klaassen, Dr.. ,prof. dr. ir. C. Smit
Verplichte literatuur
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Information (papers, literature, etc) available on Nestor
Entreevoorwaarden The course requires general background from a BSc Biology or similar programmes.
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The course is one of the three obligatory courses for the Ecology & Conservation MSc specialization (within Ecology & Evolution track). It is followed by students from the Master programmes Ecology and Evolution, therefore these students have priority

Max 25 students
Opgenomen in
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