Course Description

Course Name

Conservation Biology of Endangered Marine Species

Session: VSJU1722

Hours & Credits

60 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This course is aimed to highlight the importance of conservation biology in managing endangered marine species by emphasizing recent conservation efforts of umbrella species such as sea turtles and sharks in the Pacific of Costa Rica. Marine ecosystems of the eastern tropical Pacific provide a baseline source for species of high commercial interest in satisfying humans' demand for food worldwide. However, numerous marine species are threatened by unsustainable human activities, such as overfishing and habitat destruction. We will develop a critical understanding of conservation biology by emphasizing the general concept of biodiversity and in current case studies that focus on scientific investigations to answer critical life history aspects, recovery programs, species management, community conservation actions and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

*Course content subject to change