MSc Species Identification and Survey Skills - Modules
Vertebrate Survey and Management
The disciplines of wildlife management, conservation and ecological consultancy require that students are familiar with the techniques available to survey and assess vertebrate populations, and how to analyse those data. In this module, students will consider a wide range of vertebrate species spanning mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The module will consist of field studies, allowing students get "hands-on" experience, as well as lectures and sessions on data analysis. Material will be delivered by a combination of Reading University staff and outside speakers.
Spring Term, 20 credit Optional Module (Dr Phil Baker)
Dr Phil Baker studies the ecology and behaviour of vertebrates, and how these species are influenced by and impact upon humans, particularly in urban areas. Globally, wild vertebrates are of major importance in affecting the production of food and the spread of diseases to humans, livestock and companion animals. Conversely, many species are highly valued by society yet are negatively impacted by human activities. Sound strategies for the management of human-wildlife conflicts and for mitigating human impacts and conserving global biodiversity are, therefore, of critical importance. He is also actively involved with the student Ecology and Conservation Society, whose aim is to enable students across the University to take part in ongoing studies of e.g. wild birds and hedgehogs.