This course focuses on essentials of wildlife ecology as a foundation for understanding issues related to the origins, management and conservation of biodiversity. The course is well-suited for anyone interested in learning about the issues facing wildlife at a global or local level. Students will learn basic ecological, behavioral and evolutionary principles as they apply to wildlife ecology and conservation.
This course can meet requirements for certain majors in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology programs and is a valuable course for transfer students interested in similar programs.
Students will need access to a computer with a web browser (e.g., Chrome (needed if you are using online proctoring), Firefox), a media player, and a high speed connection.
This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Biological/Physical Sciences (Category 3A) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Natural and Physical Sciences without Lab (GT-SC2).
Textbooks and Materials
There is no required textbook.
Gail Dethloff is an ecologist with a focus on ecotoxicology and conservation biology. She earned a Ph.D. in ecology at University of California-Davis and has worked on a variety of projects focusing on biomonitoring, aquatic toxicology, natural resource assessment, and long-term ecological data collection to assist in identifying long-term trends. She directs the M.F.W.C.B graduate degree program in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and advises students in that program. She teaches online courses on wildlife ecology and management, habitat management, conservation biology, and ecotoxicology.