from:Dixon, Thomas

to:Conservation Sciences

Time Jan. 12, 2015

Dear Conservation Biology students, 

Thanks for a great first day. I didn't get a lot of sleep last night, so I hope I wasn't too incoherent, and I really appreciate all of your participation. I was very impressed with your insights and look forward to meeting with you again. 

Just a quick rundown of Wednesday's agenda:

  1. Class will begin with a short quiz on today's material. To prepare, study the handout (attached for absentees), and review the slides (also attached). Please note that you will not be asked to define endemism, because the definition I provided was muddled and as it turned out, not altogether accurate. It is a valuable concept to be aware of, though, so here's the definition. My thanks to Alex for helping find and fill a knowledge gap. 
  2. Review of some possible solutions (or at least mitigating strategies) to the problem of habitat destruction by agricultural development. This will conclude material from Chapter 4. 
  3. First of 3, 30 minute installments of the documentary, Blackfish. This will begin a series of topics on conservation ethics. We will take a moment afterwards to reflect on what we've seen and record our thoughts in written form. 
  4. Begin Chapter 5. Please read 5.1.1 and 5.2.2 in preparation.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

See you Wednesday,


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