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Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

Overview

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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Reviews

4.6 rating, based on 74 reviews

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  • 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...
  • 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

    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

    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!
  • David Stuart Hinley

    David Stuart Hinley completed this course.

    This was a really engaging and enjoyable course with a diverse range of case studies from around the world. I learnt so much from the other course participants as well as from the course itself. It has certainly re-ignited my interest in ecology and wildlife conservation and I look forward to discovering and undertaking more courses.
  • Chris Taklis completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    It's an introduction to Wildlife Conservation and it is preferred for everyone to take this course and exams (of course).
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I would have completed the course, however that would have required my paying for it and that was not made known before starting. There was no feedback given on coursework, but it was stated (near the end of the course) that feedback would be given if...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have completed this course during the gap between completing GCSE Geography and beginning my Geography A-Level. It has been very interesting and provided a taster into Ecology (which I had never focused on before this point). I loved the interaction between other people taking the course, and I would strongly recommend that you begin the course when it starts for a better learning experience. It was disappointing that you have to pay for the certificate, but that is the same for all Futurelearn courses (that I am aware of), although it was only £32.

    If you like to find out about the environment and how species are affected I would strongly recommend this course!!
  • Anonymous
    Thank you for an excellent course. The video material was good and all the information given was easy to understand. I would recommend this coarse to anyone, especially if they are interested in the ecology and nature conservation.

    I would like to further my studies in these fields. So for the most part this coarse gave me a good taste for what's to come.

    I was able to complete it in time, and still had more time to complete it. It is not pressurized and it gives the student ample time and opportunities to finish the assignments. I enjoyed it because the coarse was well set out by professional graduates and people who have had experience in the field.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Excellent course. I have a degree in ecology and interested in the content. I could be potentially bias as to knowing it all already! However,
    It was new and refreshing , using technology to enhance the experience. It had relevent tasks to do which are a bit challenging but you want tasks that are not too easy ,for reward and motivation .
    The student comments are brilliant with many new research topics they put in and they put in links , they were valuable as they give extra information if you want to read them . And I found out I don't know it all and it was very useful to refresh and update knowledge.
  • Anonymous
    I have completed Ecology and Wild Life coservation.This course offered me some great experiences.It covered the wide topics in a breif time.The course really gave me good feel.The professors were great and the structure of the course was nicely placed.It was also easy to understand.This corse is helpful to anyone looking to get a basic idea of what is involved in the field of conservation of nature and wild life. I also grateful to Leeds university for giving me a chance to study in that uviversity. I assure you that I will act my role in the field of conservation of nature and natural resources.Best wishes.
  • Anonymous
    I loved this course so much and it taught me so much as well. It was amazingly well laid out and the lessons were clear and concise. I loved the biology section where you learn about zooxanthellae and how they react with coral in reefs across the world. I would love for it to go into more detail in this particular section. Finally one of my favourite things about the course was that you got real live data, which you analysed and wrote about. it really felt like I was connecting to the world around me. I would definitely recommend this to anyone and thank you for teaching me so much!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course, and am full of respect for those who designed it. I had no academic aspirations, simply a lot of curiosity and a deep concern for nature. I was able to do the course in short sessions, fitted in as and when, and found it easy to pick up where I left off.

    Those who do the course will gain an excellent idea of what conservation ecologists do, and a greater appreciation of the complexities of the natural world.

    Now I am off with my voice recorder to have a go at some bioaccoustics!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The Course is interesting and exciting and it details how challenges can be met and overcome.
    It describes how the studies of the problems of Bass Rock, the coral reefs, the Galápagos Islands and the monitoring of pollinating insects use current technology to survey and produce evidence to aid conservation methods. The reasons of moral, pleasure, CO2 capture, water control and other ecosystem services supporting Conservation were discussed.
    I learnt many facts and thoroughly enjoyed this Course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I recommend this course to anyone with an interest in ecology / wildlife conservation. As the short length suggests, it is a starter course rather than for people already working in the field. Overall, the quality and relevance of the learning materials were very good. I would have liked more students on the course when I was doing it but there was still some useful input. There is an assessment at the end; ten multiple choice questions. It is a good check of your understanding of the course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Didn't know what to expect though i am pleasantly surprised. Useful course content to keep the brain ticking over, would definitely recommend whether it's to past the time or you're generally interested. The exercises were fun and i appreciated the fact that it wasn't a course filled with just reading articles otherwise that would have got boring really quickly. I will now look differently at the pollinators in my garden and reason that there not trying to kill me!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is a great course for any age. Personally, I am still at prep school but I could understand the tasks clearly. I found it very helpful to create a document where you could copy your own posts as well as useful information. I don't think you need to spend quite as long as it specifies, two and a half hours would be enough to finish on time easily. The only let down was that you have to pay for the review and test but, that wasn't a bad thing for me.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really liked the content of the course and, in particular, the way Future Learn makes the content available to us, a great platform.
    Ecology interests me a lot. I liked to see how technology helps in recognizing and generating data so that we can understand what happens in a certain place and situation in nature. And I enjoyed researching species and ecosystems. I would like to learn more about these ways of understanding natural life.

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