BI8081 - Advanced Conservation Biology


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2021/2022

Course content

This course will provide a deeper understanding and discussion of modern conservation biology concepts and theories, and also deal with value aspects of conservation biology. The content of the course may vary depending upon the various active research projects regarding conservation biology at the department. The central concepts will involve the preservation of genetic diversity, species and populations, and the implications for habitat and landscape diversity. Topics will include: PVA analysis, metapopulation theory, biological invasion species, habitat restoration, impact of land use and climate change. The course provides a theoretical background to conservation of biology and aspects of management and sustainable use of biological resources. Seminars will be used for the presentation and discussion of new literature in the field of theoretical and applied conservation biology. The course runs every second year (2022, 2024).

Learning outcome

Knowledge: Students should have general knowledge of: - Modern conservation biology concepts and theories - Value-aspects of conservation biology - Preservation of genetic diversity, species and populations - Metapopulation theory - Theoretical background in conservation biology and management - Sustainable use of biological resources Skills: Students should be able to: - Present and discuss new literature in theoretical and applied conservation biology - Deal with complex technical questions and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field General qualifications: Students shall be able to: - Participate in debates within the field of national and international forums - Identify new relevant issues - Assess the appropriateness and the application of various methods and processes in research - Contribute to the development of new ideas, theories, methods, interpretations and documentation in the field of conservation biology

Learning methods and activities

Seminar: 30 hours Project: Work corresponding to 7,5 credits (SP)

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved seminar attendance

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Ethology
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Zoology
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


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