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After this course you will have acquired advanced theoretical knowledge in conservation biology including demographical methods, as well as insights into practical nature conservancy work.
You will explore applications of demographic methods for the conservation and management of plant and animal populations. Quantitative methods for demographic analyses are currently used in two arenas of modern ecology: evolutionary ecologists use these methods to examine the implications of variation in life-history traits, while conservation biologists are more interested in addressing problems faced by small populations of threatened species. Populations may be fragmented and you will learn how to assess their viability using meta-population models. Small populations are also often threatened by a decreasing gene pool. Problems arising from this will be studied using both theoretical analyses and hands-on laboratory work.