Extinction: Biodiversity and Human Action

Course Code: SCIE 3100

Academic Year: 2021-2022

If current trends persist, one half of all species on earth will be extinct in less than 100 years. The results of such a loss would be devastating for humans. Biodiversity is essential to support the ecosystem services that we depend on for our wellbeing, such as food, fresh water, clean air, raw materials for construction, fuel, medicine, and the pollination of crops. Understanding the links between human wellbeing and biodiversity is essential knowledge for the 21st century. In this class students will learn the benefits of and threats to biodiversity and evaluate some of the possible solutions to the current extinction crisis. Students will critically examine the role of hunting and fire suppression and identify best practices in the design of protected areas and strategies for the conservation of endangered species. Category and Level: Science and Technology, Upper Level Restrictions: None Note: Students benefit from taking a lower level course in the Science and Technology category prior to enrolling in this upper level course.