Introduction to Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Course | Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program

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Introduction to Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Course

BIOL 4053/5053 and PHIL 4053/6780

Introduction to Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation will expose students to the practical and theoretical aspects of biocultural conservation, including its interdisciplinary character (geography, climate, ethnography, environmental philosophy and ecology). Participants will bring different skills and mindsets to this course and work as a group to broaden and integrate approaches to biocultural conservation, using the case study of the Omora Park as a long-term ecological study site that serves to link society and development with biodiversity, history and ecosystems in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve.

Course topics will include:

  • Geography and history
  • Biogeography
  • Ecology and philosophy of watersheds
  • Aquatic biodiversity
  • Wilderness concepts
  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Field environmental ethics & biocultural conservation
  • Traditional ecological knowledge
  • Invasive & exotic species in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve
  • Long-term socioecological research and biosphere reserves
  • Bryology and "The Miniature Forests of Cape Horn"

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