MSc Wildlife Management and Conservation - Modules

Quantitative Methods

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A vital skill for any surveyor or wildlife manager is to be able to collect data under field conditions using well-structured experimental designs, process the material in the laboratory if necessary, to apply appropriate statistical procedures to test scientific hypotheses and to explore and present data sets. The sessions will follow a 'work-shop' format so that students can work at their own pace. A wide variety of analytical procedures, both parametric and non-parametric, will be studied to develop data exploration and presentation skills, including those for multivariate data. Special ecological sampling techniques are described as are capture-recapture methods. Analysis of data from ecological communities is explored, including measures of diversity and ordination methods. Students will receive extensive training in the use of Minitab (20 credits over two terms: 40 hours lectures and 40 hours practicals).

Autumn and Spring Terms, 20 credit Module (Dr P.J. Baker)

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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.

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