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University of Leeds

Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


Do you worry about the effects of climate change on nature?

On this course, you’ll learn you how the work of conservation biologists and study of ecosystems can help with conserving the world’s biodiversity. You’ll explore the impact of wind farms on populations of seabirds, and understand how the use of advanced techniques can be used to study different populations.

In Week 2, you’ll learn about ecosystems and how they’re influenced by human activity. You’ll use case studies to explore the reasons behind the bee decline across the world, and examine fish species in tropical seas to see at first-hand how climate change damages coral reefs.

The course is for anyone with a general interest in ecology and wildlife conservation but it will be particularly useful for students at high school who want to study conservation biology, zoology or biology at university level. The course is part of the Going to University collection and completing it can help improve your university application by broadening your understanding of wildlife conservation and developing your independent learning skills. The course can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Taught by

Chris Thompson

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  • This is course is really more than amazing, the case studies and the activities were so much helpful and enjoyable. ^_^

    I really wish if they make another course to continue learning ^_^
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Whilst this course does provide some good information, I think that the short length of this course does not allow for a fuller extent of the topic of Ecology and Wildlife Conservation to be explored- what about a case study of a particular ecosystem...
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    Kero Mina
    This course is a beginning to understand the threats of the ecosystem and how to study an ecosystem and try conserve the spices from human activities which threat spices

    I enjoyed the links in this course there were useful for me

    The study cases were good

    I enjoyed this course and I hope to be useful for everyone
  • Anonymous
    I loved the course. It was an entirely new subject for me and I really enjoyed the reading and research. I found some of it challenging, but that might be my age (77.)!!!!! I was devastated to fail the last test, only scoring 60%. This meant I didnt...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I ve enjoyed this course .... one of several that Ive taken on similar topics; by design it is brief, an overview, an appetite whetter! makes it very accessible indeed (I did it to fill in a gap between two other courses that I d signed up for). excellent...
  • Anonymous
    I was pleased to find an online course that was beneficial for me as a part of my animal management course. However, to then have spent time to get to the end to find I couldn’t complete the final test and be given evidence of my completion of the course was upsetting. I am aware you can do this at the cost of £34 but it was labelled free at the start and I found this quite annoying after spending time doing the course and wasn’t able to take the actual test.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I just completed Ecology and Wildlife Conservation and I absolutely loved it. The course offers some great practical exercises and the chance to study field studies that really give you a feel for what is involved in the work of a conservation biologist. The professors were great and structure of the course was nicely paced and easy to understand. It was an all together amazing experience and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to get a basic idea of what is involved in the conversation of the environment and the wildlife that inhabits our planet
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this course really interesting and challenging. I had some preconceptions which were wrong! Learning is great for this. I have studied before on FutureLearn. I studied the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was a great introduction. This course, Ecology and Conservation was a brilliant second course for me.

    I will continue to study with FutureLearn. It has a wide range of really relevant courses and the presentations are engaging.

    Ecology and Conservation is definitely a starting point from which I want to learn.

    Thank you.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Overall, very good course. I enjoyed getting to play around with real data figures and making conclusions from them. The design and presentation is very nice, and I like how it encourages you to write a comment at each stage in order to actively participate.
    However, I didn't really learn many new things. I learnt most of this content in secondary school (high school) and I guess I was just hoping for something a little more in depth.
    But, still a good introduction for people with little knowledge on the subject!
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this course, I chose the free version as certificate was not necessary for me as I did it out of interest more than for career. The case studies were really interesting and course has a good balance of information provided and research needed. The video clips provided are great, better than reading everything.
  • Anonymous
    A very good introduction to this area of study. Interesting and informative. As it was primarily designed for those thinking about future university courses I would have thought it was ideal to feed into decision making. As a pensioner wanting a basic introduction to this field of study I still found it useful.
  • Anonymous
    The short course was a good example of different methods to collect data for a conservation project. I found it quite insightful.
    It would be useful for more people to complete this course so we can be like minded in our efforts to conserve our natural environment. It’s a shame the certificate was chargeable
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    Carmen Laura Funes Aguila
    Its a great opportunity for me to be part of this course, listen testimonies from People a round the globe that love and work in the environmental conservation like me. The exercises are very dinamics and interesting... They prepare the student for real issues in any territory and give uss the best way to response.
  • Anonymous
    This course is based on high-quality academic research. Furthermore it has been professionally designed and presented. The result: an excellent learning experience. I particularly enjoyed discovering newer field research methods such as bioacoustics and metabarcoding. Thanks and congratulations to the U.Leeds team.
  • Anonymous
    my future career will hopefully be in conservation or zoology so this course helped me see if i really do want to go into that field of work. it helped to see the jobs and methods that people do to conserve different types of animals and i learnt a lot of new things to hopefully take me far in life!
  • Anonymous
    Extremely informative and eye opening to the problems faced by many species in our world.

    Solutions are a must and this course offers that in abundance.

    I will be following this subject with a new approach in the future and look forward to continuing my learning with other subjects.
  • Anonymous
    this course gives no information about mountanian ecosystem, about conservation of tiny creatures ( insects and little snails). yet i got the basic idea about this field (ecology and conservation). my course is not finished. i'm enjoying the 'research' activities. thank you
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Ecology and wildlife conservation are critical issues for all of us because of the importance of biodiversity for human wellbeing. This short course provides a basic primer to appreciating and understanding ecology and wildlife conservation. It is easy...
  • Anonymous
    A very interesting short course looking at various aspects of ecology and conservation.

    We were encouraged to do research ourselves and think about things, as well as being provided with information.

    A good course. Only 2 weeks, I would have welcomed more.
  • Anonymous
    This course was an excellent introduction to ecology and wildlife conservation. The case studies were well presented with different interactive material. They showed how good science backs up good conservation and can make a difference.

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