Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation 2023-24
School Of Natural Sciences
Module - Semester 1
This module will allow students to explore key concepts and theories of wildlife ecology as they relate to conservation. Amongst other topics, the module addresses drivers of animal distribution, foraging theory, niche theory, vulnerability to extinction, the role of apex predators, trophic interactions and spatial ecology. The module will also give students practical skills of survey techniques and data analysis, as well as the opportunity to discuss with an expert about the role of zoos in conservation (i.e. visit to Chester Zoo). The lectures are accompanied/complemented by field trips to Bangor Pier, Henfaes farm, Treborth Botanic Garden and Chester Zoo. The data collected during the first two trips will be statistically analysed in dedicated computer sessions and reported on via an assessed group presentation.
- Ability to conduct and critically interpret statistical analysis of ecological
- Ability to think and react to changing field conditions and understand the
implications of this to the results obtained.
- Ability to write a scientific study with a logical, coherent, well-structured,
evidence-based and fully referenced argument.
- Application of principles of ecological sampling and field survey design to
wildlife conservation research questions.
- Critical knowledge and understanding of the key ecological theories that
relate to wildlife conservation.
- Understanding and ability to use some common methods used to test ecological theories of wildlife conservation.