University of Washington School of Public Health

Winter Course 2018: BIOL 500A - Topics in Applied Wildlife Conservation


SLN: 11593; 1 credit

Lecture meets: Tuesdays 2:30 - 3:20 p.m.

Instructor: Kathleen Gobush PhD, Affiliate Associate Professor

“If today is a typical day on planet earth, humans will add 15 million tons of carbon to the atmosphere, destroy 115 square miles of tropical rainforest, create 72 square miles of desert, eliminate between 40-100 species…and increase their population by 263,000.“ D. Orr, Ecological Literacy (1991)

…And that was the good ol’ days! Many factors underpin the current species extinction crisis that is pushing icons like the elephant and tiger, as well as, lesser known species to the edge.  Urgent action is needed on multiple fronts in order to understand and mitigate threats imperiling biodiversity across the globe.  Science-led, data-driven approaches are requisite, as is coalition-thinking.  This one-credit, guest-lecture and discussion-based seminar will introduce students to topics, tools and processes, and organizations and institutions outside of academia that incorporate, if not depend, on high quality science to inform and achieve conservation outcomes.

We will explore the nexus between wildlife science and these areas for achieving conservation objectives:
Threat Assessment & Policy
Science Communication & Advocacy
Emerging Technology

Guest lecturers include experts from NOAA, Microsoft, Washington Forest Law Center and Vulcan Inc. to name a few.  Credit/no-credit only.