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Discover ecology and learn how we can protect wildlife to conserve our natural world.
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Do you worry about the effects of climate change on nature?
In this course, you’ll learn how the work of conservation biologists and the study of ecosystems can help with conserving the world’s biodiversity. You’ll explore the impact of wind farms on populations of seabirds, and understand how the use of advanced techniques can be used to study different populations.
In Week 2, you’ll learn about ecosystems and how they’re influenced by human activity. You’ll use case studies to explore the reasons behind the bee decline across the world, and examine fish species in tropical seas to see first-hand how climate change damages coral reefs.
- The moral and economic arguments for nature conservation.
- The impact of human activity on the natural environment.
- Why the conservation of populations and communities is essential for human life.
- How conservation biologists are helping to protect seabirds from offshore wind turbines.
- The impact of climate change on coral reef ecosystems.
- How the loss of coral can lead to ecosystem collapse.
- How large-scale studies are used to understand environmental issues.
- The impact of bee decline across the world.
- How new technology is helping to conserve nature and biodiversity.
Who is the course for?
The course is for anyone with a general interest in ecology and wildlife conservation but it will be particularly useful for students at high school who want to study conservation biology, zoology, or biology at the university level. The course is part of the Going to University collection and completing it can help improve your university application by broadening your understanding of wildlife conservation and developing your independent learning skills. The course can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.