BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
2014/2015, Semester 1
University Scholars Programme (University Scholars Programme)
Modular Credits: 4
Course Schedule -
Week One. General Introduction, expectations, goals. Lecture on
; Human Connection to Nature; Origins of the term “biodiversity”; Trends that led to awareness; Rio Earth Summit - Johannesburg; Current status of the planet. Why are we here?
WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY
; Levels of organization in Nature; Biodiversity from genes to ecosystems; Species diversity; what is a species?;
ORIGINS OF DIVERSITY
; Prehistoric patterns; Geography of life; Current patterns; Biogeography; Distribution of species; biodiversity hot spots.
VALUE OF BIODIVERSITY
; Role of values; Ecological Economics; Direct and Indirect Values; Sustainability – long term; Environmental Ethics; Whose biodiversity is it anyway? ; Media: Friend or Foe; Deep Ecology.
Week Five. GUEST Lecture (?): Dr. Ian Mendelhall, Duke-NUS. Emerging infectious disease and Biological Diversity and Conservation.
MAINTAINANCE OF DIVERSITY
Dynamics of species distribution in time and space; How many species are there?; Processes that maintain biodiversity (Evolution).
RECESS WEEK (20-28 Sept.)
Week Seven: TBD
; Human population; Habitat and Fragmentation; Degradation and Pollution; Climate Change; Overexploitation; Invasive species.
; Definition; Rates; Risks Vulnerability – IUCN; Problems of small populations, MPV; Vortex phenomena.
CONSERVATION; ARTICULATING GOALS AND SETTING PRIORITIES
; Populations; Species; Ecosystems.
APPLICATIONS AND SOLUTIONS
; In Situ and Ex Situ; Protected Areas; Designing; Establishing; Managing; SLOSS theory.
; Conservation outside protected areas; Public and private lands; Human-dominated landscapes.
; Sustainable Development; Conservation Education; Individuals and Society; Linking conservation ethics to our daily lives.
On your own recon at the National Museum
: Go to the
exhibit of Sebastiao Salgado at the National Museum. You will go in groups of 3 or 4 and write a group essay assignment together. Themes and groups will be given to you in class. Has to be completed BEFORE August 31st.
International Coastal Clean-up
: 13 September at Pulau Ubin. 7am – 1pm (possibly back earlier). Bus pick-up at Cinnamon College street level 7am SHARP.
Singapore Botanical Gardens
: Oct 4
or 11th at the Singapore Botanical Gardens. 7am – 12 noon. Meet at the MRT station at the Botanical Gardens.
Pick your book for inter-disciplinary focus by August 29
. You MUST discuss this with me before I approve.
Essay + inter-disciplinary Research paper (on Book+solution = linking your motivation and biodiversity conservation) –
Feedback deadline = 19 Sept.
Beefy outline with references and big ideas is fine. No lengthy commentary/feedback on grammar, etc., just on content and ideas.
Absolute final version deadline 31
Mid-term: Sept 19th
Final: November 24th
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week