ESCI 439


Conservation of Biological Diversity

Fall Quarter

The earth is suffering one of the largest extinction events in its history. Human appropriation of resources and expansion of agriculture and grazing world-wide has led to massive disruptions to species, communities, and ecosystems. Global climate change exacerbates these trends dramatically and the future seems bleak for many species on earth. In this class, we will examine the scientific and policy implications of these changes and answer the following questions – what is happening, what are the long-term impacts, and what can be done about it? Only by understanding the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss, can we fashion coherent responses.

We will study biodiversity during weekend field trips to North Cascades National Park and Olympic National Park.