Core and optional courses
Core and optional courses
Modelling and Epidemiology
Course Aims: To provide practical training in analytical skills and the theoretical basis for approaches used for quantifying biodiversity and population genetic structure. The focus will be on the analysis of DNA sequence and microsatellite genotype data, as applied to problems in the assessment of biodiversity and conservation. This course will involve a mixture of theory and computer-based analyses of molecular data commonly used in ecological and evolutionary studies.
Course Aims: The aim of this course is to provide students with in depth hands-on training to enable them to identify key vertebrate groups, using field guides, identification keys, and vocalizations, as required for assessment of biodiversity.
Course Aims: The course explores human dimensions of conservation, including topics relating to biodiversity conservation and human development, sustainable use, wildlife trade, hunting, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife interventions. These subjects will be considered from diverse ethical, ecological, socio-economic and political perspectives.
Principles of Conservation Ecology
Course Aims: The course explores the interaction between species and environment in protected African ecosystems. It will examine the ecological factors and processes that underpin the abundance and spatial distribution of populations, and the dynamics of their within and between species interactions. It will be familiarise students with the key conceptual and quantitative paradigms relevant to conservation ecology the practice of conservation management, and the study and monitoring of components of African ecosystems. It will focus particularly on how to study and quantify ecosystem stress, and how ecological dynamics respond to stress and environmental change in African settings.
Protected Area Management
Course Aims: This course will introduce students to key issues in the management of protected areas in Africa, including resource protection, ecological monitoring, fire management, tourism management and development, infrastructure management and community conservation. The course will draw on examples from savannah, forest, wetland and marine ecosystems in Africa and special emphasis will be placed on introducing students to practical aspects of protected area planning. Further topics will consider setting of conservation priorities, monitoring and evaluation of conservation actions, and conservation financing.
GIS for Ecologists
Course Aims: The aim of the course is to provide students with training in the collection and analysis of ecological data using a geographic information system (GIS). The objective is to develop key skills in creating a GIS using existing data and collecting suitable field data for an ecological project.