Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology

Desert Tortoise Conservation Biology

Course Number: BIOL X412.18

1 units

A seminar investigating major issues in the conservation biology of the desert tortoise, designed to develop an understanding of its anatomy, physiology, and ecology, as well as an appreciation of the tortoise's relationship to humans and the environment. Integrated laboratory and field activities in the campus tortoise preserve explore the current methods, techniques, and skills used in desert tortoise conservation biology.

Activities include:

  • multimedia lectures
  • presentations of current issues
  • small group discussions.
  • field surveys
  • instruction in survey techniques and equipment
  • microscopic specimen preparation and observation
  • health assessment of tortoises
  • measurement of tortoise morphological parameters
  • use of taxonomic keys

Knowledge of the principles of conservation biology and their practical application are stressed.  


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