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Cursus: B-B3WICO18
Wildlife conservation
Cursus informatieRooster
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau3 (Bachelor Gevorderd)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Betawetenschappen; Undergraduate School Bètawetenschappen;
Contactpersoondr. I.I. de Winter
dr. I.I. de Winter
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. I.I. de Winter
Overige cursussen docent
J.A. Zwerts
Overige cursussen docent
3  (04-02-2019 t/m 19-04-2019)
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Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 29-10-2018 t/m 25-11-2018
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersNee
Learning outcomes
The course provides a fundamental understanding, new skills, and concepts of the ecological structure and functioning of wildlife communities, biodiversity conservation, habitat restoration, wildlife reintroduction, and managing human-wildlife conflicts. In this course, students will expand their perspectives on a range of natural and social aspects of wildlife conservation and deepen their knowledge of local and global issues in conservation. The multidisciplinary approach of the course leads to an understanding of different perspectives on wildlife conservation issues. Students also get experience in expanding their professional network with conservation organisations and scientists within the Netherlands and further afield.
After successful completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
  • understand species distribution and adaptation to anthropogenic pressures.
  • comprehend the major physiological and behavioural adaptations of individual animals in changed habitats and ecological systems.
  • explain causes of mass extinctions and their influence on ecosystem functioning.
  • describe different strategies aimed at prioritising areas and species for conservation, restoration, and effective management.
  • explain the relevance of different research techniques in managing wildlife populations and develop some practical skills to study wildlife.
  • design research or monitoring programs to evaluate conservation or restoration success
  • critically discuss and evaluate the conservation and management of wildlife species and understand the conflicting demands of different stakeholders.
  • analyse and present the monitoring results in an understandable way for both scientists and policy makers.
Skills to be developed
After the course, students can outline and interpret the theoretical framework underlying wildlife conservation and are able to discuss conservation and restoration issues on an academic level. Students get experience in a wide variety of wildlife survey techniques that can be applied in the field. Students get experience in organising field excursions and in participating in a scientific seminar. Students know how to access and use scientific literature, can apply basic ecological and behavioural knowledge, and are able to consider the societal context in analysing human-wildlife conflicts.
Max. number of students: 40

Admission requirements
The prerequisite courses for Wildlife Conservation are ‘Voortgezette statistiek en R’ (niveau 2) and either ‘Natuurbeheer, duurzaamheid en plantendiversiteit’ (niveau 2) or ‘Gedragsbiologie’ (niveau 2).

Study Path
The course is part of two study paths: ‘Ecologie en Natuurbeheer’ and ‘Gedragsbiologie’.
Conserving wildlife and preventing the mass extinction of species are huge global challenges that stem from the impact of humanity on the earth system. The world is experiencing a conservation crisis: animals face threats to their existence through habitat destruction, over-exploitation of natural resources, pollution, hunting, infectious disease outbreaks, invasive species, and global climate change. The protection of wildlife species and conservation and restoration of their natural habitats has never been more important. This course addresses the nature, causes, and consequences of the global loss of habitat, wildlife species, populations, and genes, alongside the concept of species adaptation to a changing environment. The course takes a biological approach and provides comprehensive training in the natural science and social aspects of wildlife conservation and restoration. A broad variety of wildlife survey techniques and approaches is taught that will be essential for research and monitoring programs in field situations. By investigating the role of various stakeholders on local, national, and global level, the course elaborates on the wider social and legal context in which conservation and restoration operates and how to deal with contention between different interests in future wildlife conservation planning.
The course addresses a wide range of wildlife conservation issues, including:
  • Ecosystem functioning, ecology, population genetics, behaviour, and health
  • Archaeological and recent mass extinctions, ecosystem resilience, and species adaptations
  • Human-wildlife interactions, including disease transmissions
  • Hunting, overexploitation, and wildlife trade
  • Nature conservation and restoration, environmental economics, and wildlife management
  • Conservation survey techniques in the field (e.g., species monitoring, analysing data from camera traps, evaluating habitat restoration success, rehabilitation, species reintroduction and relocation, and ex-situ breeding)
  • Career options in wildlife conservation and restoration
Teaching formats
The course integrates theoretical and practical based learning by using a variety of teaching methods. Interactive lectures and tutorials are complemented with practical assignments that relate theoretical knowledge to real-life cases. In one assignment, students will experience wildlife conservation in practice by organising excursions to nature conservation areas in the surroundings of the university. They also participate in a conservation seminar, work on creating a successful conservation project, and take part in interactive, in-depth panel discussions.
The theoretical components of the course will be tested in a mid-term exam to assess the students’ theoretical comprehension of the material covered. The practical part will be graded based upon participation, a group report, and presentation.
  • Exam based on lectures (50%)
  • Individual assignment (10%)
  • Case study (40%)
Relevant literature, including primary and review articles, will become available on blackboard as background materials to the lectures and practical sessions.
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The prerequisite courses for Wildlife Conservation are ‘Voortgezette statistiek en R’ (niveau 2) and either ‘Natuurbeheer, duurzaamheid en plantendiversiteit’ (niveau 2) or ‘Gedragsbiologie’ (niveau 2).
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