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Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation

This course is an introduction to ecology and ecosystem dynamics using a systems thinking lens. Through a case study on Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park,...
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8.9

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8.6

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Platform: Coursera
Video: 4h 18m
Language: English

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8.6 / 10
Video Score: 8.2 / 10
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Description

This course is an introduction to ecology and ecosystem dynamics using a systems thinking lens. Through a case study on Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, learners will explore how scientists study ecosystems, and investigate the complex array of factors that inform management efforts. At the end of the course, learners will be able to grapple with real-world conservation questions, such as whether an ecosystem can recover from anthropogenic disruption and what role humans can, and should, play in that recovery.

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Requirements

Basic knowledge of Basic Science is required to start this course, as this is an intermediate level course.

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This course was made for intermediate-level students.

How much does the Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation course cost? Is it worth it?

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Does the Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation course have a money back guarantee or refund policy?

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Are there any SCHOLARSHIPS for this course?

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Who is the instructor? Is Ana Luz Porzecanski a SCAM or a TRUSTED instructor?

Ana Luz Porzecanski has created 1 courses that got 853 reviews which are generally positive. Ana Luz Porzecanski has taught 44912 students and received a 4.8 average review out of 853 reviews. Depending on the information available, Ana Luz Porzecanski is a TRUSTED instructor.
Center for Biodiversity and Conservation
American Museum of Natural History
Dr. Ana Luz Porzecanski is a conservation scientist and director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC), a research center focused on transforming knowledge—from diverse sources and perspectives, and spanning areas of scientific research as well as traditional and local knowledge—into conservation action. Growing up in rural Brazil, Ana was surrounded by wildlife and diverse landscapes. Both her parents are professors—her father an agronomist and her mother an architect and amateur paleontologist—and they traveled widely, instilling in Ana an early curiosity about the natural world. One of her favorite things about science, she says, is that “you’re surrounded by people who love questions as much as answers.” She obtained her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the Universidad de la República, Uruguay, and there she got her first taste of field research. She took an evolution course that involved field work on a fascinating burrowing mammal called a tuco-tuco which is unique in its social behavior. Despite the rustic and cold conditions, she was hooked. For her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Columbia University, she conducted research on the systematics and historical biogeography of South American aridland birds, as well as on international environmental policy issues. Her dual interest in education and research has carried out over 15 years of experience coordinating and leading conservation capacity development projects, designing teaching materials for university professors and conservation professionals, and leading professional development for educator audiences in Latin America, Africa and the United States. Ana has also taught courses in conservation biology and evolution at Columbia University and New York University. She became director of the CBC in 2014. Ana was drawn to biodiversity conservation because it applies a range of scientific fields—from ecology, biogeography, population genetics, anthropology, and others—to tackling real world conservation problems, and involves ongoing collaboration and dialogue. She and her CBC colleagues have found that success comes when researchers are collaborating with local communities, and developing their capacity together. For example, Ana led a recent partnership with the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba, which resulted in a ground-breaking, joint expedition to Humboldt National Park in 2015. The expedition produced the first modern collection of specimens of invertebrates (snails, insects, and arachnids), amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, including tissues and blood parasites, from Humboldt National Park, to be shared between both countries. Exchanges on field methods, and training on research and education, helped strengthen capacity for science and conservation on all sides. Similar projects have involved working with local educators and conservation managers in Peru, Bolivia, Madagascar, and Mongolia. Ana recently gave a presentation at a conference called STEMism: Inspiring Women Scientists. She told an audience of women and girls that despite the discrimination and biases that persist in the field and make the news, careers in science can be successful and enjoyable. She related her journey to find a career that is both challenging and fulfilling: “You have to listen to yourself as you go through life and see where are you humming. Pay attention to when are you buzzing when you’re working, when are you happiest, what are you really good at. And follow that.”

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Freshness

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Platform: Coursera
Video: 4h 18m
Language: English

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