ANT 191 - Topics in Anthropology
Damien Caillaud, DVM, Ph.D.
This class uses case studies to teach the fundamental and applied aspects of tropical ecosystem conservation. It emphasizes the importance of collecting and analyzing field data to measure threats, evaluate risks and design conservation strategies.
Topics taught in the class include:
- the importance of protecting biodiversity
- habitat degradation, hunting, climate change, infectious diseases and other threats to tropical biodiversity
- biodiversity survey methods in tropical forests and open habitats
- the use of new technologies in conservation (including radio tracking, satellite imagery, forensics and drones)
- political and legal issues surrounding conservation
- national parks vs. community conservation
- designing, funding and implementing conservation strategies
- careers in tropical ecosystem conservation