Prerequisite: graduate student standing
Many of the graduates from the Tropical Conservation and Development program work outside of traditional academia in non-profit organizations, research institutes, or consulting. Even those in academia are confronted with raising funds for programs that fall outside of the standard research grant proposal model. Traditional graduate student courses in conservation and development do not address the practical and critical skill of developing and funding programs. The objectives of this course are (1) to introduce students to the diverse set of private and public sources for funding their activities (2) to develop the skills needed to fundraise from these sources, including the development of donor profiles, constructing fundraising plans, applying fundraising strategies and tactics, and understanding ethical and legal issues surrounding fundraising. Students will learn by doing: all students will (1) develop and implement a fund-raising project focused on their work and (2) work as a group to develop a fundraising plan for an organization.
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Prerequisite: BSC 2011 and BSC 2011L.
The objectives of this course are (1) to gain an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary factors that shape patterns of tropical diversity, (2) to learn some of the ways in which humans use tropical wildlife, and (3) to understand the the threats faced by tropical ecosystems and explore alternatives for their conservation. Although examples will be drawn from a variety of tropical ecosystems, the course will focus primarily on the Neotropics.
Plant-Animal Interactions (WIS 5521, 3 credits)
Prerequisite: graduate student standing or advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor
This course will (1) review the general principals underlying different types of plant-animal interactions, (2) evaluate cutting-edge research in the field’s major subdicsiplines, and (3) investigate the potential consequences of ongoing anthropogenic changes for the dynamics of these interactions. Examples will be drawn from a variety of tropical and temperate ecosystems, both terrestrial and aquatic.