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 & Metha 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
The textbook (Groom et al.  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"
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 - pdf
"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...
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"
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: 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 of a line - www.wimp.com/demonstrateevolution
Understand Evolution - http://evolution.berkeley.edu
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:
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
"Top 10 Invasive Species" (Time Magazine, Feb. 2, 2010): www.time.com...
"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...
"To Save Wildlife, Namibia's Farmers Take Control" - NPR report: www.npr.org...
Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council - www.cacrc.com
Clay (2011) Nature - pdf
"Freeze the footprint of food"
Laband & South (2010) Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment - pdf
"Walking the talk on sustainability"
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
British Broadcasting Service (BBC): www.bbc.co.uk
EcoTone (Ecological Society of America's blog): www.esa.org/esablog
Louisiana Coalition for Science: lasciencecoalition.org
National Public Radio (NPR): www.npr.org
N.Y. Times: www.nytimes.com
The Advocate: www.2theadvocate.com
Study Blue - a web site for creating your own study resources: www.studyblue.com
Our course's Wikipedia page for Fall 2011: BIOL / ENTM 4015
"Why Wikipedians are the Weirdest People on the Internet": www.youtube.com