FOR 101 Fall 2015

Introduction to Wildlife Conservation - Dr. John Cox

This 3-hour credit course is designed to introduce students to the science of wildlife management and conservation. In this course, we review the history and ethical foundation of wildlife management and related laws, the changing definitions of wildlife, introductory wildlife taxonomy, basic concepts in ecology that underpin wildlife science and management, ways that scientists study wildlife, and wildlife career options. Wildlife topics will be global in scope, with well-studied case examples and scientific papers used to support class activities. The course material is taught at a similar introductory level as wildlife courses offered elsewhere in the U.S.


Lecture 1:  What is Wildlife; Historical Perspectives


Lecture 2: Wildlife Ecological Principles and Population Ecology Part 1


Lecture 3: Wildlife Ecological Principles and Population Ecology Part 2


Lecture 4: Threats to Wildlife


Lecture 5: Wildlife Disease


Lecture 6: General Wildlife Habitat


Lecture 7: Wetlands


Lecture 8: Grasslands and Range Management


Lecture 9: Farms and Food Plots


Lecture 10: Forest Wildlife Management



Lecture 11: Deserts


Lecture 12: Protected Areas and Ecological Networks


Lecture 13: Neotropical Migrant Songbirds


Lecture 14: Large Game Taxonomy


Lecture 15: Waterfowl


Lecture 16: Upland Game Animals




Forest Wildlife Management Supplement


Habitat Improvement Practices and Guidelines Supplement