In addition to discussing the paper by Noss, we will discuss the following questions:
Select a species, and describe why it is important.
How did you define "important" in your response?
Are there reasons for conserving biological diversity in general? If so, what are they? If not, why not?
Are there circumstances in which extinction is acceptable? If so, what are they? If not, why not?
Conservation biology is an integrative approach to the protection and management of biodiversity
It is the conservation of biology: it seeks to conserve life at various levels (e.g., species, genes, ecosystems); this idea typically is extended to the processes that underlie biodiversity, (e.g., ecological processes such as disturbance regimes)
Noteworthy events in the history of conservation biology:
Think about using our knowledge of a site to make decisions about the conservation of biological diversity
Specifically, we will develop examples that show how knowledge (and perhaps manipulation) of the disturbance regime can be used to maintain biodiversity:
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