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Introduction to Marine and Wildlife Conservation

Course Starts 22 June 2020

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Program Code: GVOL0759U

Course Information

Course starts

22 June 2020

Enrollment closes

17 June 2020

Duration

1 week

Time Commitment

15 Hours

Format

Online

Optional Extra

GVI Program Abroad

Online Cost

€265

Flexible Payment Options

Introduction

From the tiny bee hummingbird to the mighty blue whale, every creature has its place within the earth's ecosystem. Conservation is the act of protecting these creatures and the planet's natural resources so that ecosystems continue to function and provide the vital services that sustain all life on earth. 

Our Introduction to Marine and Wildlife Conservation online course, which is offered in partnership with the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte, aims to equip you with the tools you need to help in achieving this goal. It gives you an understanding of the fundamental theories and knowledge used in the field of conservation, and how interactions between animals and the environment contribute to the function of an ecosystem.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • explain foundational concepts
  • understand the terms used in the field of conservation
  • evaluate case studies on various topics
  • join in-depth discussions around conservation best practice
  • explain the institutional and funding landscapes of organisations working in conservation.

Is this course for me?

If you have a passion for marine studies and wildlife conservation then this online course will provide you with the foundational skills and understanding you need. From this introductory base, you can easily progress and apply the skills learnt to achieve your conservation-related goals. Whether it be to kickstart a meaningful career in conservation, or through improving your knowledge as a mid-career professional, this course has something in it for you.

Course Curriculum

The course will start with you learning about the fundamentals of conservation. This includes being introduced to the tools, terminology and key concepts used in the field of conservation, specifically when analysing protected areas and fragile ecosystems. You’ll then go on to learn about the driving forces behind the decline of wildlife and marine biodiversity, and what measures are being taken to halt this decline, in order to ensure that there continues to be a diversity of species, both in the ocean and on land.

Then you’ll explore real-life examples of conservation situations and the relevant case studies outlining the steps taken to address and find solutions to global conservation issues. This will allow you to join in-depth discussions around conservation practices and policies on issues such as climate change, habitat destruction, invasive species and plastic pollution levels.

Next, you’ll learn about scenarios in which positive action has been taken in increasing the population numbers of endangered species, managing protected areas and setting aside areas of habitat for wildlife, plant and marine species.

Finally, you’ll have time to reflect on what can be done to aid in the future of marine and wildlife conservation. This will touch on how contributing to conservation data can help to develop governmental policies in conservation and how working with the support and participation of local communities can ensure the success and sustainability of conservation initiatives.
Orientation to our online course
Module 1: Introduction to Conservation
Module 2: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management
Module 3: Key Threats: Marine and Terrestrial
Module 4: Conservation in the Field
Module 5: The Institutional and Funding Landscape

Earn a certificate

Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course, your name, the date and a signature from your course instructor. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

Your course instructor

Michael Musgrave, PhD
African Conservation and Sustainable Development Professional
Michael Musgrave has over two decades of experience in wildlife conservation, sustainable development and sustainable business across Central and Southern Africa. Recently, he consulted for African Parks, a non-governmental organisation, and developed an innovative community conservation project for communities who live in and around conservation areas in 16 National Parks in nine different African countries. He holds an MSc in African Ecology and a PhD in Sustainable Development.

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