Marine Conservation Biology

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

ECTS
6

CONSERVATION

Marine Conservation
Polytechnic university of Marche

Synopsis

The course will provide key concepts of ecology and policy relevant to marine conservation issues at the population to ecosystems level, principles and approaches for marine conservation from both the biology and policy perspectives, strategies and tools for the sustainable use of marine biological resources, including emerging approaches such as ecosystem based management and ocean planning.

Content

History of marine conservation. Marine biodiversity. Threats to marine biodiversity: loss of biodiversity, vulnerability, extinction, biological invasions. Endangered, vulnerable, rare, endemic and priority species. Long-lived marine animal conservation. Marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning relationships. Consequences of species loss on the provisioning of ecosystem's goods and services for human wellbeing. Ecosystem based management for sustainable use of marine resources. Political, legal and ethical issues of concern in marine conservation biology.

Pre-requisites

Basic knowledge of Botany, Zoology, Ecology and Marine Biology

Aims

The course based on theoretical lectures along with case study analysis aims at training students on key concepts of marine conservation biology, including principles and approaches from both the biology and policy perspectives, strategies and tools for the sustainable use of marine biological resources and legal and ethical issues of concern.

Objectives

Expected learning outcomes include: i) knowledge of key ecological concepts relevant to marine conservation issues; ii) knowledge of threatened and vulnerable marine species and habitats; iii) knowledge of the consequences of biodiversity loss on the provisioning of marine ecosystems' goods and services; iv) knowledge of the strategies and tools for the sustainable management of marine resources; v) knowledge of the main European and international initiatives for marine conservation.

Key skills acquired

The student will acquire the following skills: ability to identify strategies and tools for the conservation and management of marine biodiversity, propose actions and measures for the reduction and mitigation of human pressure on marine ecosystems and for the sustainable use of marine resources. The student will acquire also skills useful for interfacing with agencies and institutional bodies involved in the management of the marine environment and its resources.

Bibliography

All PowerPoint slides and scientific articles presented during the course will be made available to students.
Suggested reading:
Elliott A. Norse and Larry B. Crowder (2005) Marine Conservation Biology. The Science of Maintaining the Sea’s Biodiversity. Island Press, Washington.

Assessment

The final examination consists of an oral evaluation of the knowledge acquired by the students about key concepts of ecology and policy relevant to marine conservation issues, threatened and vulnerable marine species and habitats, consequences of biodiversity loss on the provisioning of marine ecosystems' goods and services, strategies and tools for the sustainable management of marine resources. The questions will allow assessing the student's ability to communicate clearly the information gained during the course.

Involved teachers

Antonio Dell’Anno Carlo Cerrano Roberto Danovaro

Contact hours

lectures
48

practicals

seminars

computerclass

fieldwork

other