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Spring 2013-2014
* EEB 380 (STL)  

Ecology and Conservation of African Landscapes

Paula G. Kahumbu
Robert M. Pringle

ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED.

Only six percent of Africa's land area (containing a fraction of its biodiversity) is protected, and these areas are rarely large enough to sustain wildlife populations. Mostly, wildlife must share land with people also facing survival challenges. This course will explore how wildlife and people interact in Kenya, where new approaches to conservation are being developed. Lectures will cover the ecology of tropical grasslands and first principles underlying conservation and management of these landscapes. Field trips and projects will examine the dynamics between human actions and biodiversity conservation.

Sample reading list:
Selected papers,
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Daily readings from the primary literature and several short writing assignments.

Requirements/Grading:
Other Exam - 20%
Design Project - 10%
Papers - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Open to students enrolled in the field semester in Kenya.

Other information:
In the first half of the course, group field projects will explore the relationship between scientific research and land management. Field research will be carried on at the Mpala Research Centre. In the second half of the course, students will investigate the effectiveness of different land management practices for conservation through a series of site visits and interviews in various parts of Kenya.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41026 L01 TBA        Enrolled:9 Limit:12
41027 B99 TBA        Enrolled:9 Limit:12