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SCO2043741, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1179, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EVOLUTION AND CONSERVATION
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
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

Teacher in charge LEONARDO CONGIU BIO/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines BIO/05 Zoology 1.0
Core courses BIO/07 Ecology 4.0
Core courses BIO/04 Vegetal Physiology 1.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 CONSERVAZIONE ED EVOLUZIONE 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 CONGIU LEONARDO (Presidente)
7 CONSERVAZIONE ED EVOLUZIONE 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 PILASTRO ANDREA AUGUSTO (Presidente)
CONGIU LEONARDO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Good knowledge in evolutionary biology, ecology, genetics, zoology and botany (advanced undergraduate course level)
Target skills and knowledge: Citing from the program of the 2013 Conference of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology: "Conservation biology is one of the rare fields of biology where evolution has too often been neglected. The reason for this probably stems from the misconception that evolution does not act on an ecologically relevant time scale." Aim of the course it to highlight the importance to consider the evolutionary perspective in conservation biology.
Examination methods: Evaluation based on written exam. Oral test possible if required by the student (please contact the teacher in advance).
Assessment criteria: Final written test will evaluate the level of knowledge, comprehension, application, and critical analysis of the course topics
Course unit contents: Lectures will be in English.

While evolutionary biology has important theoretical and practical implications in conservation, it has often been neglected. The reason for this probably originates from the mistaken belief that evolution acts too slowly to be relevant on an ecological time scale. In this course we will combine the fields of evolutionary and conservation biology to emphasize the importance of evolutionary theories in conservation programs. This course will therefore focus on genetic and evolutionary applications to the problems of conservation, while reflecting the diversity of concerns that are relevant to conservation biology. Particular emphasis will be put on themes like measures of phylogenetic diversity and uniqueness, population genetic structure of natural and managed populations including the identification of `evolutionary significant units' and `management units' for conservation, assessment of levels of genetic variation within species and populations, assessments of the effect of sexual selection mate choice and reproductive strategy on population conservation, forensic applications, methods for maximising genetic diversity during captive breeding programs and re-introduction schemes, effect of anthropogenic factors on evolutionary adaptation to local changes in the environment.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and group discussion
Additional notes about suggested reading: Material for the course (scientific papers, course slides etc.) will be made available by the teacher
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Navjot S. Sodhi and Paul R. Ehrlich, Conservation Biology for All (free). Oxford University Press:, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos

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

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