Biology 330-465 - Conservation Biology

Professor - Dr. Rich Niesenbaum biology.

 

Course Requirements

 

Part 1 Paper Presentation - (20 points) - You will be assessed both on the quality of your presentation and the discussion that you generate. Working in pairs you will choose a reading for a class on a particular date. The paper must relate to the content for that date as listed on the course schedule. Presentations will be from 1/22 through 2/19. Copies of your article will be made available to the class. Everybody is required to participate in the discussion.

 

Exam - (50 points) An exam will be given on 2/26. The purpose of this exam is to assess your mastery of the material from Part 1. The exam questions will be in the form of short answer and/or essay questions.

 

Part 2 Case Presentation - (20 points) - You will be assessed both on the quality of your presentation and the discussion that you generate. Working in pairs you will be assigned a case study from Case Studies in Environmental Science. You are urged to be innovative in the way that you present your case and generate discussion. These presentations will be from 3/5 through 4/9.

 

Part 3 Paper - (50 points) - You will submit a high quality written report on your site-based project. This report must include a scientific assessment of the site, identification of a problem or issue, identification of all stakeholders and an assessment of their perspectives, and analysis and recommendations. A publishable letter to an editor or editorial, and a letter to a politician both relating to your site problem are required attachments. An initial draft of this paper is due on 4/16 and the final paper is due on 4/30.

 

Part 3 Project Presentation (25 points) A focused presentation of your findings from your site-based research project and paper. You will be assessed both on the quality of your presentation and the discussion that you generate. These presentations will be on 4/30.

 

Exercise Portfolio - (30 points) - You will be expected to submit a minimum of 3 write-ups for in-class/field experiences. Included in this are maps with written descriptions that you generate with the GIS exercises. The idea is for you to place your best work in this portfolio, but keep in mind that you are expected to complete all of the exercises. The Lab Portfolio is due on (4/30).

 

Quizzes (25 points) Five unannounced quizzes will be given at the start of the class throughout the semester. These brief quizzes will be designed to assess whether or not you have done the assigned reading for that day.

 

Participation - (25 points) - Each week you will be assigned a participation grade (0-5) based on the quality and frequency that you participate in class and your engagement in class, lab, and field exercises. Attendance and work not listed above will be counted in this category. This is a seminar course!! Participation is essential!!

 

Final Exam (75 points) The purpose of this exam is to assess your mastery of the material from Parts 2 & 3. The exam questions will be in the form of short answer and/or essay questions. The exam will be given during the assign final exam period for this course

 

Ecology/Environmental Seminar (5 Points) You are required to attend one event relating to ecology or the environment. A page description of the event and how it relates to our course should be submitted within 1 week of the event.

 

The Fine Print: Grades will be calculated as a percentage of total points (325). All work must be completed in accordance with the Muhlenberg College Academic Behavior Code. Students with special needs should see me during the first week of class all needs will be handled confidentially in accordance to college policy.