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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI
Course unit
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT
AGO2045209, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track FOREST AND LAND MANAGEMENT [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Calendar
Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Syllabus
Prerequisites: No prerequisites are requested.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will acquire general awareness and understanding of:
the general ecological principles involved in wildlife conservation and management;
the principles and approaches informing wildlife monitoring in relation with forest and natural ecosystems;
the management options according to species/population status and conservation/management objectives.
This understanding will enable students to make critical evaluations of wildlife management specific actions and of integrated resource management planning.
Examination methods: The exam is written
Assessment criteria: The written exam will verify:
the knowledge of the topics acquired by the student;
his ability to describe them critically and with correct terminology;
his ability to make connections between the principles and approaches presented his ability 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: lectures; discussions with reference to case studies; students’ exercises. One field session will provide students with direct experience of techniques used in habitat and population monitoring
Additional notes about suggested reading: Teaching material (PPT slides, specific readings, ect.) is available at: https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/ (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

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Life Below Water Life on Land