Biodiversity Conservation

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Biodiversity Conservation

Strategies to support biodiversity conservation are as unique as the organisms they aim to protect, and they are inherently tied to sociocultural and economic variables from local to global scales.

In order to conceptualize and contribute to biodiversity conservation within the broader context of global environmental change, we must link organisms to ecosystems, and ecosystems to social systems. SFS students examine critical environmental issues like biodiversity conservation within the rich local context that surrounds each of our Centers. Students gain transferable skills, coupled with a deep understanding of the complexity of problem-solving, that can be applied anywhere their careers may take them.



We examine the impacts of habitat fragmentation, invasive species and climate change on threatened species, and how these affect faunal biodiversity and ecological processes in a rainforest, particularly on the Atherton Tablelands. We also focus on the management of landscapes to restore biodiversity and learn appropriate field research techniques such as GIS.


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We study how government authorities build awareness on the importance of biodiversity conservation at both national and local levels and also enforce laws to conserve the country’s rich biodiversity. Students are taught about the topic in classroom lectures by faculty and guest speakers. Students also have opportunity to conduct research projects related to biodiversity conservation issues.


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The issues of biodiversity conservation and loss of biodiversity are central to conservation practice in Cambodia and are closely linked to livelihood transitions. Our coursework examines the issues of deforestation and fragmentation, loss of breeding habitat, poaching and wildlife trafficking, and agricultural expansion. Students also explore conservation projects in Cambodia to understand solutions for and approaches to biodiversity conservation. Students meet with groups involved in conservation projects and have guest lectures on this topic.


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We evaluate the effectiveness of diverse approaches to biodiversity conservation and learn about the role of community-based conservation. Students examine the multiple trade-offs associated with wildlife conservation as it relates to rural livelihoods and cultural traditions among tribal communities. We study long-term biodiversity trends in the ecosystem, especially in relation to changing land-use patterns.


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