Advanced Training Course: Plant Conservation Biology
Dr. Monique Borrus Laboratoire Evolution et Diversité Biologique Université Paul Sabatier
Schedule: Date: 26th – 28th February 2018
Time: 09:00AM – 16:00PM
Venue: Quality Assurance’s Meeting Room, 5th floor, Building A Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
To provide knowledge base to address issues relating to biodiversity conservation and management. Illustrations with plant examples
Short description :
Human activity and population growth are increasing the pressure on natural ecosystems and the world is currently experiencing the sixth global mass extinction. Conservation biologists work to prevent/limit the extinction of the world’s plant and animal species. Today’s biodiversity managers need to be trained in a broad range of fields.
This ATC is designed to give students from a diversity of backgrounds in ecology a solid grounding in the basic principles of conservation biology (species level) and then build on this with examples taken from current research programs in plant conservation.
After an introduction to the major threats to global biodiversity, the module will explore a series of broad conservation themes. It will begin by focusing on the species level, exploring some of the particular threats faced, why species become rare and endangered, what risks small populations are facing, and what measures can be taken to halt or reverse population declines/ species extinction (ex situ conservation). Last, the importance of genetics methods in conservation of biological diversity will be highlighted.
Students will understand core biological principles and tools that are central to successful plant conservation.