Conservation Ecology
ZO 592

Dr. Nick Haddad, Associate Professor
120 David Clark Labs
Office Hours: T 11:30-12:30PM

Blackboard Vista

Guidelines for final paper
Evaluation criteria for proposals
Evaluation criteria for reviews

Date(s), Topic
Aug. 20, The ecology of conservation

Aug. 25, 27, Biodiversity and the Endangered Species Act
Readings: Sections 2-5 from the Endangered Species Act; Caughley 1994 (J. Animal Ecology 63:215)
Suggested reading: Schwartz 2008 (Ann. Rev. of Ecol. and Systematics 39:279-299)
[additional readings]

Sept. 1, 3, Population viability analysis I: Counts
Readings:  Gerber et al. 1999 (Conservation Biology 13:1215-1219); Brook, et al. 2000 (Nature 404:385-7); Ellner, et al. 2002 (Conservation Biology 16:258-261); Brook, et al. 2002 (Conservation Biology 16:262-3)
[lecture notes] [additional readings]

Morris, W., D. Doak, M. Groom, P. Kareiva, J. Fieberg, L. Gerber, P. Murphy, and D. Thomson. 1999. A Practical Handbook for Population Viability Analysis. The Nature Conservancy, ISBN: 0-9624590-4-6. 133 pp. [download]

Sep. 8, 10, Conservation genetics   
Readings: Westemeier, et al. (1998; Science 282: 1695-1698); overview; Wiszniewski, et al. 2009 (Conservation Genetics online early)
Suggested reading, a recent review of conservation genetics:  Keyghobadi 2007 (Can. J. Zoology 85:1049-1064)
If population genetics is a new area for you, you may consider reading an overview paper Frankham, R.  1995.  Conservation genetics.  Annual Review of Genetics 29:305-327.
[lecture notes] [additional readings]

Sep. 15, 17, Population viability analysis II: Demographic
Reading:  Kareiva, et al (2000) (Science 290:977-979) and related papers: Article 1 (Science 289:716-719) , Response to Article1 (Science 289:2281-2283 ) , Response to Article2 (Science 290:933-4) , Response to Kareiva (Science 291:939a); Jenouvrier, S., et al. (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106:1844-1847) and commentary
[lecture notes] [additional readings]

Sep. 22, 24, Population viability analysis III: Metapopulation
Readings:  Lande 1988  (Oecologia 75:601-607), Thomas et al. 2002 (Proc Royal Society B 269:563-569)
[lecture notes]

Sep. 29, Oct. 1, Terrestrial reserve design
Readings:  Beier et al. 2008 (Conservation Biology 22:836-851); Shafer 2001 (Biological Conservation 100:215-227)
[lecture notes] [additional readings] [more additional readings] [additional readings specifically on corridors]
Oct. 6, Midterm; one page abstract or outline of paper due

Oct. 13, 15, Marine reserve design
Readings:  Almany, et al. 2009 (Coral Reefs 28:339-351); Game, et al 2009 (Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24:360-369)
Suggested reading:  Game, et al. 2008 (Ecological Applications 18:670-680)
[lecture notes] [additional readings foodwebs] [additional readings marine reserves]

Oct. 20, 22, Invasive Species
Readings: Kolar and Lodge 2002 (Science 298:1233-1236); Caut, et al. 2009 (Biological Invasions 11:1689-1703)
[lecture notes]  [additional readings]
Oct. 27, 29, Climate adaptation
Readings: Krosby, et al (draft, sent by email); Williams, et al (2005, Conservation Biology 19:1063-1074); Hoegh-Guldberg, et al (2008, Science 321:345-346)
[lecture notes]  [additional readings]

Nov. 3, 5, Ecosystem services and management
Readings:  Costanza, et al (1997, Nature 387: 253-260); Daily et al (2009, Frontiers in Ecology & Environment 7:21-28)
Suggested Reading:  Nelson et al. (2009, Frontiers in Ecology & Environment 7:4-11)
[lecture notes] [additional readings]

Nov. 10, 12, Restoration ecology and adaptive management
Readings:  Hobbs, et al. (2009, TREE 24:599-605); Schulte, et al. (2009, Science 325:1124-1128); Stokstad (2009; Science 325:525); Marris (2009, Nature 462:30-32)
[lecture notes]

Nov. 17, 19, Global conservation priorities, 1st draft papers submitted
Readings: Myers, et al. (2000; Nature 403:853-858); Cincotta, et al. (2000, Nature 404:990-992); Ceballos and Ehrlich (2006; PNAS 103:19374-19379)
Suggested short reading: Myers (2003; BioScience 53:916-7)
[lecture notes]

Nov. 24, Conservation and the human population, paper reviews due

Dec. 1, 3, Presentations, final paper submission

There will be no final exam for this class

Readings from previous years

Biodiversity and the Endangered Species Act

Population viability analysis I: Counts

Population viability analysis II: Demographic
Reading:  Kelly and Durant 2000 (Conservation Biology 14:786-797), Brook 2000 (Conservation Biology 14:564-566),

Population viability analysis III: Metapopulation
Readings:  Wielgus, et al. 2007 (Conservation Biology 21:447-454)

Terrestrial reserve design
Readings:  Aung 2007 (Journal of Environmental Management 84:188-203), Simberloff, et al. 1992 (Conservation Biology 6:493-504)
Other readings: Beier and Noss 1998 (Conservation Biology), Haddad et al. 2000 (Conservation Biology), Noss and Beier 2000 (Conservation Biology)

Readings on habitat loss and communities:  Meir, et al (2004) (Ecology Letters 7:615) plus analysis in the NY Times (No WebCT this week because of Fall Break)
[lecture notes]

Marine reserve design
Readings:  Allison, et al. 1998 (Ecological Applications), Worm et al 2006 (Science 787-790)

Conservation genetics   
Readings:  Kraaijeveld-Smit, et al. 2006 (Journal of Applied Ecology 43:360-5)

Invasive Species
Readings:  Foxcroft, et al 2007 (Conservation Biology 21:412-421); Parker and Gilbert 2007 (Ecology 88:1210-1224)

Global climate changes
Readings: Houghton, et al. (1999, Science 285:574-578); Thomas, et al. (2004, Nature 427:145-148); and Hitch and Leberg (2007, Conservation Biology 21:534-9)

Ecosystem services and management
Readings:  Balmford, et al. (2002, Science 297:950-953); Kremen (2005, Ecology Letters 8:468-479)

Restoration ecology and adaptive management
Readings:  Dobson, et al. (1997; Science 277:515-522), Beck, et al. (2001; Bioscience 51:633-641)

Readings on monitoring and adaptive management:  Blaustein and Kiesecker (2002) (Ecology Letters 5:597); Tognelli (2005) (Biological Conservation 121:409)

Reserve portfolios
Readings: Wilson et al. (2007, Plos Biology 5:e223).

Readings pollution and conservation: Likens (2004, Ecology 85:2355); Hames, et al. (2002, PNAS 99:11235); Scheffler, et al. (2001, Nature 413:591); and, though not required, an other recent short paper worth reading Schlesinger (2004, Ecology 85:2402)