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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGO2045209, A.A. 2017/18

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track FOREST AND LAND MANAGEMENT [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge MAURIZIO RAMANZIN AGR/19

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/19 Special Techniques for Zoology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Prerequisites: No prerequisites are requested.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will acquire:
an understanding of the basic ecological principles involved in wildlife conservation and management,
a basic knowledge of principles and approaches involved in population monitoring and of management options according to species/population status and conservation/management objectives.
Examination methods: The exam is written
Assessment criteria: The exam will verify the ability of the student to make connections between the principles and approaches presented and to express judgements on the different management options according to population status and conservation/management aims
Course unit contents: The course is organised in 6 sections:
1. introduction to wildlife conservation and management.
The value of wildlife as a natural resource. Economic and social implications of wildlife conservation and management. Goals of wildlife management and management options. What do we conserve/manage? Concepts of species, evolutionarily significant unit, management unit and population: genetic approach, demographic approach, and geographic approach. Distribution, dispersal and metapopulation theories.
2. Population growth
Rate of increase; geometric or exponential population growth; intra-specific competition and density-dependent population growth; the logistic model of population growth and its limitations, population stability and cycles. Age-specific population models. The concepts of sensitivity and elasticity.
3. Wildlife populations monitoring
Counting animals: sampling, accuracy and precision of estimates, overview of the main principles and methods for large mammals and gamebirds. Principles, methods and associated problems in estimating sex ratio, age distribution, reproductive output, survival and mortality. Morphological and physiological measures of individual condition. Molecular genetic tools and approaches to population biology and monitoring.
4. Wildlife harvesting
Concept of sustainable harvest. Effects of harvest on population dynamics and evolution: overharvesting, age and sex biased harvest, the potential of harvest as a selective force, effects of hunting on behaviour. Setting harvest quotas: from a predictive towards an adaptive approach. Harvest as a source of information on population status/tendency. Social, recreational, economic and conservation pros/cons of wildlife harvesting.
5. wildlife-habitat interactions.
The problem of alien and invasive species. Wildlife damages to agriculture and forestry. The growing problem of wildlife-vehicle accidents. Wildlife control: the concept of overabundance; ethics, principles and methods of control. Habitat loss and fragmentation; restoring connectivity, corridors and barriers. Habitat improvement/restoration: basic principles, the problem of spatial scale and economic feasibility.
6. Conservation of small and declining populations
Genetic and demographic problems of small and isolated populations; Animal translocations. The role of Parks and natural reserves. Concept of ecological networks. Concepts of biodiversity hotspot. International conservation: IUCN, CITES, The Natura 2000 network.
The concepts of each section will be illustrated with reference to case studies. One field session will provide students with direct experience of some techniques used in population monitoring
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The concepts of each section will be illustrated with oral lessons and discussions with reference to case studies. One field session will provide students with direct experience of some techniques used in wildlife monitoring.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Teaching material (PPT slides, specific readings, ect.) is available at: (Piattaforma Moodle di Scuola)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Sinclair A.R.E., Fryxell J.M., Caughley G., Wildlife Ecology, Conservation, and Management. 3rd edition. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Students willing to complement the teaching material with a comprehensive presentation can see this text