834305 Conservation biogeography and genetics

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2019/20
Languages of instruction


The "Conservation Biogeography" part of this course (lecture and seminar) is based on the recently published text book with the same title edited by Richard J. Ladle and Robert J. Whittaker (2011). The "Conservation Genetics" part will be less prominent and is primarily restricted to "Phylogeography", i.e. that scientific field within biogeography using population genetic techniques and results for answering biogeographical hypotheses, mainly at the intraspecific level.
However, the lectures will introduce "Populations Genetics", "Genetic Diversity", and "Genetic Techniques" in a basic way. The seminar will be based on the biogeography text book and students talks will reflect selected chapters treated there, like for instance "estimating biodiversity", "mapping nature", "protected areas", "conservation planning", "applied island biogeography", or "biological invasions".

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The course is aiming at a broad introduction to the interface between conservation biology and biogeography. In addition, basics of conservation genetics and phylogeography are acquired.
The major aim is to convey the important and possibly fruitful combination of all these aspect for future nature conservation planning and action.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.