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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.

This course has been ranked as one of the best online courses of all time by online course aggregator class central.

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...
  • Anonymous
    I have been reading and practicing Wildlife Conservation since 1991, as a volunteer at 'Green Turtle Environmental Centre.'

    This course has broadened my outlook towards ecology and so forth.
  • Anonymous
    Generally the course was very accessible & described the core areas of ecological study clearly. Although mostly easy to understand, pitched at a pre university level, I did have to go off site for a better explanation of the important concepts of Resistance & Resilience.
    I thought it failed to emphasis that to fully comprehend an ecological process one needs first to acquire a comprehensive zoological understanding of the organisms involved.
    Input or response from a course admin would have helped gauge the quality of respondents comments. Perhaps post course follow-up with quality sample answers.
    Two weeks just whetted my appetite- I was certainly left wanting more!
  • Anonymous
    I absolutely loved this course! It offers a number of different learning styles, such as text, video and audio and provides valuable information, as well as encourages you to go and do your own research in order to increase you knowledge and understanding of each topic.

    I also really enjoyed that I was able to engage with people in the comments, read their contributions to each topic and discuss their opinions and personal experiences with them.

    All in all I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in ecology and wildlife conservation!
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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
  • Angela Perez
    I have enjoyed this course very much. My education level at science remains in a very low level, and the way society is becoming encourages me to gain more consciousness about it, and educate myself in this area. This course is very useful because it has not been overwhelming, it gives you small pieces of a "cake", but it does not give you the whole cake, so you can digest by little bits, and if you would like some more, all information is around in books, documents, other courses... But, exercises, articles and videos have been stimulating and dynamic.
  • Anonymous
    It is a great course to introduce you into the differente techniques and perspectives necessary to conservation and animal behaivour studies. The questions are well crafted and correspond with the topics being studied. The integration of the actual data used by the researchers helps to understand how detailed the studies and the data collected must be in order to take decisions regardin the conservation of a specific species.
  • 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 have thoroughly enjoyed the course. It was so insightful yet lighthearted and presented in a very manageable as well as comprehensible way. Being a Linguistics student, I found zero friction to understand all the biological and ecological concepts. I appreciate the course a lot and will definitely recommend my friends and acquaintances to enroll in this course.
  • Brennan Pui
    It was a real adventure, this one. While at first glance it may seem like the topics covered are simple, there's really a lot that prompts further reading. The course was fun, interactive, and all the material provided was really easy to navigate through and use. After having completed it I feel hungrier for more!
  • Anonymous
    An excellent introduction to wildlife conservation with examples from several different ecological niches. The exercises were fun and instructive, exploring both individual species and habitats.

    I liked the fact it was only 2 weeks as it fitted comfortably between 2 longer courses. Highly recommended.
  • Anonymous
    A very brief and superficial look at some interesting subject material. Not enough depth or breadth to be considered a ‘course’ or even an introduction to the disciplines of ecology and wildlife conservation. Feels like a short promotion for the (in person) degree courses at the University of Leeds.
  • Anonymous
    Great course!

    I learnt a lot about conservation through this course, I was especially interested in learning about the bioacoustics technology used to measure the number of pollinators in a area.

    This course is a great short side study for any GCSE or A-Level Geography or Biology students.
  • 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
    I found the overall course to be interesting and useful in refreshing my learning styles and ability to apply myself to a subject and it has given me the motivation to continue and possibly consider finishing a degree in an area of this nature
  • Anonymous
    Good introduction into ecology and conservation. Examples of how research is done and how to do your own research. It helped me to understand how small changes can have a big impact (in positive and negative ways)
  • 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...

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