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Conservation Biology

Code: 60252
ECTS: 6.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Ivana Maguire - Lectures
doc. dr. sc. Bojan Lazar - Lectures
Lecturers: izv. prof. dr. sc. Ivana Maguire - Seminar

izv. prof. dr. sc. Ivana Maguire - Practicum
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All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 15
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
1. Recognizing conservation biology as interdisciplinary science
2. Explaining the application of different scientific disciplines in conservation biology
3. Connecting the causes of biodiversity loss with their consequences
4. Developing critical approach in deliberation and planning the scientific studies in the field of conservation biology
5. Applying theoretical knowledge about the available scientific methods in solving actual problems



1. Introduction into conservation biology
2. Historical principles in conservation biology
3. Social sciences in conservation biology
4. Spatial patterns of biodiversity
5. Biodiversity global crisis
6. The anthropogenic impact on biodiversity
7. Species concepts in conservation biology
8. Integrating levels of biological organization in conservation biology
9. Genes in conservation biology
10. Population trends
11. Population viability analyses
12. Modelling in conservation biology
13. Populations in space
14. Small populations
15. Population growth and small populations

Practical lessons are organised in 7 times 2 hours in computer classroom
1. Introduction to work in Excel
2. Estimation of population size
3. Survival exercise (team work)
4. Biodiversity indices (estimation of biodiversity)
5. Condition indices (estimation of body condition indices)
6. Population trend analyses
7. Ecological footprint

Seminars' topics are defined at the beginning of semester together with students, depending on their interest.
  1. Sodhi, N.S., Ehrlich P.R. (2010): Conservation Biology for All. Oxford University Press. (pdf)
  2. Maguire, I., Lazar, B. (2014): Konzervacijska biologija. Predavanja na webu.
  3. Pullin, A.S. (2013): Conservation Biology. Cambridge University Press.
  4. Primack R.B. (2010): Essentials of Conservation Biology. Boston University
  5. Znanstveni članci i ostali izvori istaknuti kao dodatna literatura i dostupni putem stranice predmeta Konzervacijska biologija.
3. semester
Izborni predmeti - Mandatory modul - Zoology
Consultations schedule: