Wildlife Conservation and Ecology
Dr. Dewey M. Caron
Welcome to ENTO 201!
You need to purchase a 201 lecture manual from Copy Maven on Main St. and a textbook Vol. 2 Essentials of Conservation Ecology by Richard Primack from University bookstore. Bring the manual (but not the textbook) to each class for assistance in taking notes.
For more information on wildlife, see the links at the bottom of this page.
ENTO 201 - Fall 2002
MWF 12:20-1:10 PM
Dr. Dewey M. Caron
MWF 8:30 - 9:30
250A Townsend Hall
TR Anytime in office
Phone (302) 831 - 8883
LECTURE SCHEDULE and COURSE ASSIGNMENTS
Topic Manual Textbook
Sept. 4 Introduction; Ethical Principles 1-3 Chap. 1
6 Principles of Ecology 1 & 2 4-5
9 Abiotic Limits Principle (3) 6-9
11 Natural Selection Principle (4) 10-35 Reading 1
Chap. 2 (pg. 24-42)
13 Biotic limits Principle (5) 36-47 Reading 2
16 Complexity Principle (6) 48-56 Chap. 2 (pg.42-52)
18 Diversity & Connectedness Reading 3
Principles (7&8) 57-67 Chap. 2
(pg. 27-29, 53-59)
20 Biological Diversity 68-74 Chaps. 2 & 3
23 Biological Diversity 75-82 Video
25 EXAM 1
27, 30 Human Population 83-112 Chap. 9 (pg. 213-217)
Oct. & 2 Reading 4
4 & 7 Human Values 113-130
9 & 11 Attitudes toward Animals
14, 16 Valuing Economics 131-144 Chaps. 4, 5 & 6
& 18 of Biodiversity
21 & 23 Extinction 145-157 Chap. 7, 8 & 11
25 Hippo Concept, Habitat 158
28 Habitat destruction/degradation 159-177 Chap. 9 (pg. 217-230)
30 EXAM 2
Nov. 1 Habitat destruction/degradation 159-177 Chap. 9 (pg. 230-241)
4 &6 Wetland habitat
8 & 11 Terrestrial habitat 178-191 Chap. 9 &
13 NO CLASS
15 Restoration of habitat Chaps. 16-19
18 NO CLASS
20 & 22 Introduction of Exotics 196-197 Chap. 10
25 & 27 Pollution 198-205 Chap. 9
28-29 Thanksgiving Break
You may hand in letter writing assignment for extra bonus points (or a draft of your letter up until 25th.)
Dec. 2, 4 Over exploitation 206-232 Chaps.10&13
9 LETTER WRITING ASSIGNMENT DUE Reading 6 & 7
11 Putting it all together 233-256 Urban Wildlife
16 FINAL EXAM
Readings 1, 2 & 3 are respectively portions of Chapters 2, 3 & 6 from Stanley Andersonís Managing Our Wildlife Resources. Copies on Reserve at Morris Library
Reading 4: Chapter 4 The Human Population Challenge from Natural Resource Conservation by Chivas, Reganold and Owens
Reading 5, Chapters 1, 2 & 8 from The Condorís Shadow. Copies on reserve at Morris Library.
Reading 6, Chapter 10 from Jared Diamond The Third Chimpanzee and the first five pages of C. Aartin In the Spirit of the Earth.
Reading 7, Chapter 3 from Mark Hertagaard Earth Odyssey. Copies on reserve at Morris Library.
Reading 8, 3 Chapters from Gibbons Keeping all the Pieces. Copies on reserve at Morris Library.
1Textbook - R. Primack - Essentials of Conservation Biology 3rd edition
2 Info Packet on Wetland Environment available in Townsend Hall - you may check it out overnight.
3Info Packet on Terrestrial Environment available in Townsend Hall - you may check it out overnight.
DESCRIPTION: An introduction to conservation biology and ecology with application to the problems of biodiversity (=wildlife) conservation.
1. understand basic concepts of ecology;
2. know the major problems in biodiversity conservation and the types, feasibility, and implications of proposed solutions; and
3. be able to relate basic ecological concepts to problems and solutions in biodiversity (=wildlife) conservation.
FORMAT: Three 50-minute meetings per week (MWF 12:20—1:10). Lectures supplemented with slides, films, discussions, readings and other activities.
POINT OPPORTUNITIES, REQUIREMENTS, AND GRADING:
You may earn points in the course in 4 ways: exams, letter writing exercise, supplemental reading analysis and commentaries. The points are available as follows:
Your grade for the course will depend on how many points you earn. The scale is: 90% and above = A; 80% and above = B; 70% and above = C; 69% and below =D; A-, B+, B- C+, C-; D+ grades used.
The best route to learning and a good grade is to keep up with the reading, read for understanding, attend class, pay attention, take good notes, study and clarify your notes within 24 hrs. of the class. Ask questions for clarification and join in discussion.
Classroom and Course Policies
1. Attend class. Participation cannot happen if you are not present (see 2).
2. Participate in the activity in class. Some persons are reserved and some very talkative, but everyone should have opinions, questions, responses, ideas, or answers if they are reading and thinking. Participation will contribute to your score on every activity where applicable, but just as I expect all to contribute, I want no one to dominate the class.
3. Turn in assignments on time. No matter how good your effort, the maximum possible grade decreases by a grade for each class meeting past the deadline unless extenuating circumstances prevail.
4. Take assignments seriously. Effort counts, as does substance. Be prepared for class. Do the reading. Take notes on it when requested to do so. Take time to think about assignments. Prepare written activities with care. Legibly written or word processed (typed) work that addresses all of the items asked for will earn a higher grade than will a few scribbled notes done at the last minute. Neatness counts.
5. Use standard English correctly and improve where you need to do so. Good content expressed carelessly or poorly in your writing or in oral presentations will earn a lower grade than it would otherwise.
6. Practice oral presentations before class and plan how you will lead or generate discussion in the class when you are the leader. A nicely delivered, organized presentation will help your score. Think of visual impact.
7. You should not feel intimidated or superior to others in the group. We are all students, and we can learn from each others’ perspectives, experiences and contributions. It is OK to disagree with a peer and your professor in discussion. You always should feel free to challenge statements and ideas but also be willing and able to receive and accept the same. Disagreement over ideas is OK; being disagreeable in doing so is not. Mutual respect is expected.
8. Absolute honesty in taking exams and completing assignments is required. Comments concerning dishonesty should be directed to me to to Dr. Judith Hough-Goldstein, Dept. Chair, 250 TNS. You should be familiar with the University's Policy on Academic Dishonesty in the Offical Student Handbook. The policies therein apply here. Possible consequences of academic dishonesty include a written reprimand, repeating assignments, a lower grade for the assignment or the course, or action through the University Judicial System. Any action taken is reported to the Dean of Students as a formal charge.
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To visit the Population Reference Bureau website, click on the banner below:
To visit the Nature Conservancy's website, click on the image below:
To visit the Wildlife Conservation website, click on the banner below:
To visit the National Audubon Society's website, click on the image below:
To visit the Wildlife Society's website, click on the image below:
To visit the Sierra Club's website, click on the image below:
 Textbook - R. Primack – Essentials of Conservation Biology