REG-32806 Wildlife Ecology and Conservation


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. AR Hof
Lecturer(s)dr. WF van Hooft
dr. AR Hof
dr. JF de Jong
Examiner(s)dr. AR Hof

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

PEN-10503 Ecology I; PEN-20503 Ecology II; REG-20803 Applied Animal Ecology.

Continuation courses:

Thesis Resource Ecology.


Within a theoretical and learning-by-doing context, this course focuses on solving problems in the field of wildlife ecology and conservation. The problem-based learning approach is based on the idea that it is an effective and durable way to develop into a professional. Lectures provide the needed theory, and assignments are offered to obtain hands on experience with quantitative data analyses. During these assignments you will use advanced methodologies and software (for example excel, R, GIS programs, and conservation planning programs) to address problems spanning a wide range of wildlife conservation issues such as threats to species, genetic analysis, population viability analysis, the role of protected areas, socio-economic aspects, and ecosystem/landscape management and planning. Furthermore, students will work in groups on case studies that allow them to independently address species conservation issues using advanced methodologies learned earlier during the course.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
-  outline and interpret the theoretical framework underlying wildlife conservation issues;
-  analyse complex wildlife species conservation problems using the scientific literature;
-  explain some of the techniques relevant for the conservation of wildlife species;
-  evaluate various wildlife management approaches in terms of their contribution to wildlife conservation;
-  use various software for the purpose of species conservation;
-  present results in an understandable way for both managers and policy makers.


- lectures;
- interactions between lecturers and students during lectures;
- reading and studying literature;
- carrying out the assignments in groups of two;
- working on larger case studies in groups of four;
- student presentations of the results of the case studies.


- written test on all covered material, (50%);
- presentations on case studies (group work) (50%).


The materials used for this course are derived from various sources. All information is provided on Brightspace.

Restricted Optional for: MFNForest and Nature ConservationMScB: Management2MO
MASAnimal SciencesMScA: Genetics and Biodiversity2MO
Compulsory for: WUMTEBSc Minor Management of Terrestrial Ecosystems2MO