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MSMS 6209, BCOR 5560 Biodiversity: Getting Started

Course Guide for the OC Core Course in Marine Biodiversity (MSMS 6209, BCOR 5560)

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Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Course Numbers: MSMS 6209, BCOR 5560

Globally, biodiversity is being dramatically altered by human activities. This is especially evident in the marine environment. Because many species remain undiscovered, and ecological roles of existing species are poorly understood, the magnitude of these changes is difficult to evaluate. This course will discuss multiple aspects of marine biodiversity including: definition and importance of marine biodiversity to marine conservation issues; threats to marine biodiversity including non‐indigenous species introductions; impediments to marine conservation; scientific constraints; developing tools and forums for conserving marine biodiversity, and evaluating existing marine biodiversity initiatives currently in place and planned. Management approaches such as marine protected areas, no‐take or completely protected reserves, and special management areas will be discussed and evaluated.


 

Biodiversity

Course Numbers: MSMS 6209, BCOR 5560

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Biodiversity

Course Numbers: MSMS 6209, BCOR 5560

At the conclusion of this course the student will be:

  • Describe patterns in the distribution of biodiversity, the ways of measuring biodiversity and the different ways that biodiversity is measured.
  • Conceptualize and understand the major paradigms used to explain biodiversity and biogeography pattern(s), and how emerging studies are calling into question (or clarifying/redefining) long-held traditions and beliefs of what biodiversity is, how it is measure/managed
  • Understand the power of hypothetico deductive methods, and its application in pattern-process vs. process-pattern models of biodiversity
  • Understand and identify threats to biodiversity and what mechanisms are emerging to identify and manage biodiversity loss
  • Develop a detailed understanding of global, basin, regional, and local threats to environments and the research and management actions needed to address loss of diversity
  • Understand major legislative and legal actions of governments and institutions that have been enacted to deal with threats to biodiversity.
  • Measure the success/failure of current action strategies, such as Marine Protected Areas, by applying lessons learned and incorporation of emerging methods and data sources
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