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Census Methods for Biodiversity

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The course provides a broad overview of different inventory methods for wildlife, fish and biodiversity. The course provides skills in how collected data is compiled, analyzed and how obtained results should be interpreted. An overview of Swedish and European animal testing legislation, as well as organization is given with regard to the handling of wild animals for research and management purposes. Ethical aspects of the experimental animals' stress, anxiety, pain and suffering are highlighted. Methods for sampling, anesthesia and anesthesia as well as different injection methods are demonstrated. The course also includes review and exercises related to the application to the experimental ethics committee

Teaching formats

Through teacher-supported training, students are given the opportunity to plan, implement, compile and report the results for a selection of inventory methods. A number of case studies will also be presented during the course. The students use general computer programs (e.g., R and Excel) and also method-specific software to learn how to analyze data from different types of inventory methods. A number of exercises facilitate students' learning, some exercises may be compulsory and vary from year to year. During the course, students complete an individual project with the aim of estimating the number of individuals or density of an animal species. The project must result in a written report and an oral presentation. The students have access to supervision during the project, but the emphasis is on their own work where they use scientific literature.

The course focuses on the following generic competencies:*

  • data collection

  • Analysis and modelling

  • Written and oral presentation

The following course components are compulsory:

Compulsory assignments and excursions.

Syllabus and other information

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Conservation and Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations - Master's Programme Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management - mastersprogramme Conservation and Management of Fish and Wildlife (MSc) Forest Science - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1447 Application code: SLU-10140 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Environmental Studies Pace: 100%