For a description of the complete curriculum guidelines for the Applied Biodiversity Science Doctoral Certification Program, click here (pdf).
Applied Biodiversity Science I
Description: Efforts to halt the loss of biodiversity must be based on integration between science and practice. Linking theory with real-world conservation requires the engagement of many different kinds of actors, including biologists and social scientists, universities and museums, governments and nongovernmental organizations, industries, interest groups, and communities. Such collaboration is critical for establishing conservation priorities, developing ecologically and socially acceptable management plans, building local capacity for stewardship, and guiding effective policy. Currently, a great deal of conservation research is based in universities with few linkages between scientists and practitioners, or between theory and practical strategies for conservation. Moreover, research on patterns and processes that underlie the loss of biodiversity are often conceptual and discipline specific, with few lessons shared among researchers from diverse disciplines.
Our goal in this course is to build cross-disciplinary understanding of biodiversity science. We ask:
- What is biodiversity? How is it perceived, valued, measured, monitored, and protected?
- What are various strategies for protecting biodiversity while also meeting human needs?
- What are current perspectives from evolutionary and community ecology, conservation biology, environmental anthropology, political ecology, and ecological economics?
- What can we learn from case studies, and what is the role of science for building more effective on-the-ground strategies?
Applied Biodiversity Science II
Description: The most important forest, land and water conservation issues around the world are the result of complex processes driven by human societies. Successfully addressing these problems will require accurate scientific information, effective policies and innovative governance arrangements. ABSII is a graduate course being offered as part of the Applied Biodiversity Science Program that will explore the practice of biodiversity science through the examination of real world conservation interventions by different actors and at different scales and their impact on biodiversity conservation and improved livelihoods. Conservation frameworks set forth by international conventions, nation-states policies, NGO programs and community-based initiatives will be examined and students will be encouraged to think about the policy and governance implications of their own research as well as to embed their work in the prism of these different frameworks and theories. The main goal of ABSII is to build cross-disciplinary awareness of biodiversity conservation practices and their theoretical foundations.
Our goal in this course is to build cross-disciplinary awareness of the practice of biodiversity conservation. Specific learning objectives include:
- Develop the skill set to assess the policy drivers and governance responses across a range of ecological threats that affect biodiversity conservation.
- Understand the role of policy advisors and policy brokers and how to develop and present scientific information to policy makers.
- Design policy briefs based on students’ interests and research.
- Students will improve their ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting and consider the
different perspectives of conservation actors.