This seminar is intended to foster critical consideration of a range of issues within primate conservation biology. Weekly discussions will be based on a number of broad topics. We will begin by considering alternative conceptual approaches commonly employed in conservation biology, surveying the role of models in conservation, assessing the present-day conservation status of primate populations and habitats, and discussing the major threats facing wild primate populations. Next, we will consider the relationship between the discipline of conservation biology and the practice of conservation on the ground. We will progress to a discussion of conservation priority setting, strategies and tactics, local human communities as both potential allies and threats to conservation of wild primate populations, and whether or not primates deserve protection and conservation more than other taxa. Over the course of the semester seminar participants will identify topics of particular interest that will be pursued in depth and developed through peer review and discussion, culminating in a term paper and formal presentation.
Seminar in Primate Conservation Biology