Conservation Biology - Fall 2011
BIOL / ENTM 4015

(certified as a Communication-Intensive [C-I] course; emphasis on speaking & writing)


Instructor: Dr. Kyle E. Harms
Teaching Assistants: Becky Carmichael & M
etha Klock


Click on the links below to view or download course materials
     "pdf" = Portable document format
     "ppt" = PowerPoint format


Syllabus - pdf

CxC Handout (re C-I courses, etc.)
- pdf

Discussion/Recitation Section Expectations - doc

Discussion/Recitation Section Schedule - doc



Cunningham & Cunningham (2007) Environmental Science, 10th ed. - pdf
"Don't Believe Everything You See or Hear on the News"

Guidelines from the journal Conservation Biology for formatting citations - pdf

Tips for Effective Writing - ppt

Tips for Effective Oral Presentations - ppt



Lecture re Chapt. 1 - What is Conservation Biology? - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 2 - Global Biodiversity: Patterns & Processes - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 3 - Threats to Biodiversity - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 4 - Conservation Values & Ethics - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 5 - Ecological Economics & Nature Conservation - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 6 - Habitat Degradation & Loss - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 7 - Habitat Fragmentation - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 8 - Overexploitation - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 9 - Species Invasions - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 10 - Climate Change - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 11 - Conservation Genetics - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 12 - Species & Landscape Approaches to Conservation - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 13 - Ecosystem Approaches to Conservation - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 14 - Protected Areas - ppt

Panel Discussion - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 15 - Restoration - ppt

Video - Planet Earth

Lecture re Chapt. 16 - Sustainable Development - ppt

Lecture re Chapt. 17 - Integration of Science & Policy - ppt



ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


The textbook (Groom et al. [2006] Principles of Conservation Biology, 3rd ed.
)

The textbook's web site: www.sinauer.com/groom

The textbook is available for purchase via Amazon.com: www.amazon.com

The textbook is available for rent via Chegg.com: www.chegg.com




LSU Web sites

Campus Sustainability, Office of Facility Services: LSU Campus Sustainability

Center for Academic Success: LSU Center for Academic Success

Center for Community Engagement, Learning & Leadership: CCELL
LSU's Service-Learning Center

Coastal Sustainability Agenda: Coastal Sustainability Agenda

Code of Student Conduct: Code of Conduct

Communication-across-the-Curriculum (CxC): CxC
Also see this non-LSU site re Communication-Intensive courses: Fava & Henry

ECO at LSU: Eco@LSU

Grammar Garage: LSU Writing Center Grammar Garage

Hill Farm Community Garden at LSU: www.hfcgarden.lsu.edu

LA House (sustainable building & home ownership): LA House

Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture: www.lasare.agcenter.lsu.edu

Policy Statement 22: Student Absence from Class

Policy Statement 26: Policy for Persons with Disabilities

Student Support Services: Student Support Services

The Naturalist Club at LSU: The Naturalist Club @ LSU

The Wildlife Society of LSU: The Wildlife Society @ LSU

Writing Center: LSU Writing Center



Biodiversity & Biodiversity Loss (including the 6th Mass Extinction)

Action BioScience: www.actionbioscience.org
An education resource of the American Institute of Biological Sciences

Amphibian Declines (PBS Nature documentary): www.pbs.org... video-full-episode/4882

ARKive - images of life on Earth: www.arkive.org

Berkeley Web site on Understanding Evolution: evolution.berkeley.edu

E. O. Wilson (February 2010) National Geographic Magazine:
ngm... cubic-foot
"A Cubit Foot" of Biodiversity

Encyclopedia of Life: www.eol.org

Olivia Judson's N. Y. Times Blog: opinionator.blogs.nytimes... olivia-judson
(Not restricted to musings on biodiversity)

Tree of Life Project: www.tolweb.org

Terborgh et al. (2008) Ecology -
pdf
"Tree Recruitment in an Empty Forest"



Climate Change
See also Global Change

"Belief in Climate Change Hinges on Worldview" -
National Public Radio report (Feb. 23, 2010): www.npr.org

Clark et al. (2003) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - p
df
"Tropical Rain Forest Tree Growth & Atmospheric Carbon Dynamics"

Climate Central: www.climatecentral.org

Climate Reality Project: http://climaterealityproject.org
A 24-hr live online video stream begins on Sept. 14, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time

Climate Wizard: www.climatewizard.org

Data ONE: www.dataone.org
"Universal Access to Data about Life on Earth and the Environment"

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: www.ipcc.ch

James Balog's time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss on TED: www.ted.com...

State-of-the-Birds 2010 Report: www.blog.nature.org... state-of-the-birds-2010-climate-change

"Ways To Be Wrong: Climategate, Climate Science And Who Gets a Say": www.npr.org/blogs....ways_to_be_wrong

Web site designed to inform & motivate individuals to help stop global warming: www.stopglobalwarming.org

Web site to accompany An Inconvenient Truth: www.climatecrisis.net

"With Deaths of Forests, a Loss of Key Climate Protectors": http://www.nytimes.com...


Conservation Biology

Sodhi & Ehrlich (2010) Conservation Biology for All: www.conbio.org... ConsBioForAll
Free on-line Conservation Biology textbook

Thomas, R. A. (2002) LUCEC Misc. Pubs. - pdf
"Stressful Lives of Louisiana Environmentalists"


Conservation Genetics

Adams et al. (2011) Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B - pdf
"Genomic Sweep & Potential Genetic Rescue... in an Isolated Wolf Population"

Johnson et al. (2010) Science - pdf
"Genetic Restoration of the Florida Panther"

Vilà et al. (2003) Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B - pdf
"Rescue of a Severely Bottlenecked Wolf... Population by a Single Immigrant"


Earth Hour

Earth Hour: www.earthhour.org
The next Earth Hour will take place on March 31, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.

Earth Hour 2011: www.youtube.com... Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour 2012: www.youtube.com... Earth Hour 2012


Ecological / Environmental Footprint (and how to reduce it)

Breathing Earth: www.breathingearth.net

Diamond, J. (2008) N. Y. Times: www.nytimes... diamond
"What's Your Consumption Factor?"

Ecological / environmental footprint: www.footprintnetwork.org

Ecological / environmental footprint: www.myfootprint.org

Home Energy Saver (an energy-audit tool for homes): hes.lbl.gov

Scientific American (Sept. 2010) - "How much is left?": http://www.scientificamerican.com... how-much-is-left

"The Story of Stuff" - 20-minute video on the fates of material goods: www.storyofstuff.com

Web site to accompany Food, Inc.: www.foodincmovie.com


Ecosystem Approaches to Conservation

Day et al. (2007) Science - pdf
"Restoration of the Mississippi Delta: Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita"


Evolution

Evolution of a line - www.wimp.com/demonstrateevolution

Understand Evolution - http://evolution.berkeley.edu


Global Change
See also Climate Change

Vince (2011) Science - pdf
"An Epoch Debate"


Habitat Destruction & Degradation

Collapse of the Nazca Civilization in Peru: discovery.com... nazca-civilization-collapse-trees

Hardin (1968) Science -
pdf
"The Tragedy of the Commons"

Mountaintop Mining - Stephen Colbert interview (Jan. 18, 2010) with Margaret Palmer -
watch the 6-minute interview:
www.colbertnation.com... margaret-palmer

"Should Science Take Sides in the Gulf?" - NPR interview (Aug. 20, 2010) with Chris D'Elia,
Linda Hooper Bui et al. - listen to the 20-minute interview:
http://www.npr.org...

Terborgh (2011) New York Review of Books - pdf
"Can Our Species Escape Destruction?"


Human Population Size / Trends Resources

Population Reference Bureau: www.prb.org

U.S. Census Bureau's Population Counter ("Clock"): popclock.html


Invasive Species

"Top 10 Invasive Species" (Time Magazine, Feb. 2, 2010): www.time.com...


Overexploitation

"The Perils of Overfishing" - NPR interview with Daniel Pauly
Part 1 (Nov. 2, 2009):
www.npr.org...
Part 2 (Nov. 3, 2009): www.npr.org...


Protected Areas

"To Save Wildlife, Namibia's Farmers Take Control" - NPR report: www.npr.org...


Recyling

Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council - www.cacrc.com


Sustainability

Clay (2011) Nature - pdf
"Freeze the footprint of food"

Laband & South (2010) Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment - pdf
"Walking the talk on sustainability"


Valuing Nature

Aldo Leopold (1949) "The Land Ethic" - pdf

Paul R. Ehrlich & E. O. Wilson (1991) Science - pdf
"Biodiversity Studies: Science and Policy"



International Conservation-Oriented Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Conservation International: www.conservation.org

Sierra Club: www.sierraclub.org

The Nature Conservancy: www.nature.org
The Nature Conservancy via YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/natureconservancy


World Wildlife Fund: www.worldwildlife.org


National (USA) Conservation-Oriented Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Student Conservation Association: http://www.thesca.org


Local Conservation-Oriented Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana: http://www.crcl.org

ECO at LSU: www.ecoatlsu.org

Louisiana Environmental Action Network: www.leanweb.org


Federal (USA) Governmental Offices Charged to Varying Degrees with Conservation-Oriented Mandates

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: www.fws.gov

U.S. National Park Service: www.nps.gov


State (LA) Governmental Offices Charged to Varying Degrees with Conservation-Oriented Mandates

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources: www.dnr.louisiana.gov



Stay Informed

British Broadcasting Service (BBC): www.bbc.co.uk

Ecolog: ecolog-l.html

EcoTone (Ecological Society of America's blog): www.esa.org/esablog

Louisiana Coalition for Science: lasciencecoalition.org

Mongabay.com: www.mongabay.com

National Public Radio (NPR): www.npr.org

N.Y. Times: www.nytimes.com

The Advocate: www.2theadvocate.com



Study Resources

Study Blue - a web site for creating your own study resources: www.studyblue.com



Wikipedia

Our course's Wikipedia page for Fall 2011: BIOL / ENTM 4015

"Why Wikipedians are the Weirdest People on the Internet": www.youtube.com