Conservation Practice: Genes to Ecosystems

Examining the scientific basis for conservation and its genetic foundation.


  • BSc Biological Sciences


Final Year

20 Credits

The course examines the scientific basis for conservation, its genetic foundation, why population size is critical and how biodiversity is maintained either in nature or at a backup location. The relevance of key areas of biology, such as genetics and ecology, to conservation practice are emphasised using case study examples for primate, bird, carnivore and plant genetic resource, as well as freshwater and upland peat habitat, conservation.

A practical approach to conservation is further illustrated by a review of environmental ethics, ecosystem services, ecological restoration and how conservation action can be enhanced by working with local communities.

The module is stand-alone but also complements Biodiversity and Conservation Management.


  • Examination
  • Coursework