Strengthening Undergraduate Environmental Studies with International Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation

treves_visitingscholarTo develop and integrate international, comparative case studies into three undergraduate courses that focus on ecology and the conservation of biodiversity. Case studies will illuminate cultural differences in the meaning and use of wildlife, carnivore conservation, assumptions about indigenous stewardship, etc.

This project also entails expanding an online learning simulation of wolf hunting in Wisconsin to include Sweden as a comparative case.


Project Heads:
Adrian Treves (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies)

Courses Impacted:
Environmental Studies 600: Large Carnivore Conservation in Wisconsin and around the World;
Environmental Studies 651: Conservation Biology;
Botany/Zoology/Environmental Studies 260: Introduction to Ecology

Global Learning Outcomes:
“My desired global learning outcomes are to help our undergraduates become informed citizens of the world who can place U.S. environmental problems in a global context and devise wiser, more sustainable solutions by translating and combining insights from many regions to create novel solutions to environmental problems. Such intellectual and creative capacities will demand familiarity with events, systems, successes, and failures in other countries. In the course of such instruction and mentorship, I expect undergraduates and my mentees to gain a better understanding of how science is done in other countries.”

[Video] Wolves: An Uneasy Coexistence Worldwide

This lecture provides comparative study of the relationship between human populations and the gray wolf in Japan, South Asia, Scandinavia, and the U.S. It traces an almost universal story of the systemic eradication and the slow recovery of gray wolves.

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Project source: Strengthening Undergraduate Environmental Studies with International Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation

[Video] Ecosystem and the Spectacled Bear

This case study examines the ways in which human populations in Ecuador and the Andes have worked with landowners, dairy cattle farmers, national parks, the power industry, and governmental agencies to preserve the ecosystem whose degradation threatens the spectacled bear.

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Project source: Strengthening Undergraduate Environmental Studies with International Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation

 

[Video] An Uneasy Coexistance Between People and Large Carnivores in Uganda

This lecture provides an historical perspective on the relationship between human populations and large carnivores in the Albertine Rift since colonial rule.

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Adrian Treves, Nathan Schulfer

Project source: Strengthening Undergraduate Environmental Studies with International Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation