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International Wildlife Management

This minor presents students with an up-to-date overview of current issues and policies in international wildlife management and biodiversity conservation. Students will work on an actual research project as commissioned by VHL readers (Dutch: lectoren) or other professional practice stakeholders. These applied research projects range from studying animal behaviour to the use of sensor techniques to carry out biodiversity assessments, from monitoring populations to investigating the attitudes of wardens to combat poaching, and much more.  

 

Students will work in a professional manner, using peer review, self-study, giving and receiving (guest)lectures and doing practical exercises and workshops. There is a lot of room for your own ideas to meet the requirements of the commissioner. This minor will also show the ways policies play a major role in conservation, ranging from local, regional to national and international levels. Students will be well prepared for their thesis, having gone through this well-guided and yet independent course. 

The minor will: 

  • start with +/- 2 months advanced education, consisting of lectures, workshops and a considerable amount of tailor-made blocks for self-study.  
  • this will be followed by +/- 2 months applied (field and desktop) research commissioned by a VHL reader or other stakeholder.  
  • we will also have a two-week international field study trip to the North of Spain to perform research for the local wildlife manager. We submerge ourselves into a mountain ecosystem and experience cross-cultural wildlife management approaches. Our research results are used to adjust local wildlife policy.  
  • at the end of the minor the research results will be disseminated during a symposium, which will be organised and executed by the students themselves in cooperation with the readerships and other stakeholders. 

 

Wildlife ecology & international biodiversity management are the central themes of this minor.  

There will be advanced education in wildlife ecology and wildlife techniques such as telemetry, automated observation techniques, camera traps, and use of GPS. We will pay considerable attention to landscape ecology and analysis. Of course, socio-economic integration and governance for wildlife and biodiversity management as well as international policies for conservation of biodiversity are included. We will be presenting/using tools such as the use of drones, remote sensing and other field data collection techniques. 

Whilst in Spain, we will visit the Boumort Protected Natural Area mountain region. This part of the minor concentrates on terrestrial systems at low and high altitude at the foot of the Spanish Pyrenees. For this, you’ll receive theoretical lectures in advance as well as in Spain. We will visit different stakeholders, giving you a close look at social-economic and cultural differences in the areas. The main themes are:  

  • the importance of biodiversity and how policies and management are used in biodiversity conservation, and 
  • how to study biodiversity in the field and how to interpret / use biodiversity data for policies and management. 



TAKE NOTICE:
Although the focus of this minor is international, most of the research projects include field work and are hence local / national.

 

TAKE NOTICE:

The two-week international study trip is to be financed by the students themselves. The student’s contribution is approximately €650,- but dependent on current rates for transport / food / accommodation etc.

Added value:
This minor will present students with a good overview of current issues on policies in international wildlife management and biodiversity conservation. Students are commissioned by an HVHL professor on a real life applied research project, with subjects as carrying out biodiversity assessments, monitoring populations, studying animal behaviour and more.

Within this well-guided project, students will work in a professional manner, using peer review, (guest) lectures, practicals and self-study to test their (own) field data collection methods and to undertake their own research. The project provides ample opportunity for students to include their own ideas and contributions to meet the requirements of the commissioner.
Students will be well prepared for their graduation thesis, having gone through the process of setting up, carrying out and presenting applied research during this course.

 

 

Leerdoelen

DM2: Work in an interdisciplinary and systematic manner on (international) projects and processes (level 2)

DM5: Setting up and carrying out applied research: to collect and analyse data in a scientific manner, used for developing policy, management or product (level 2)



The learning outcomes for the competency DM2 are:

2a: The student can recognize and discuss the shared context of the different topics in international conservation by engaging in group discussion and literature research. 

2b: The student can collect (scientific, professional) ecological and socio-economic information on an international topic and can combine this information. 

2c: The student can set up and execute knowledge dissemination in which interdisciplinary information on an international topic is explained, at a correct level for the target audience. 

 

The learning outcomes for the competency DM5 are:

5a: The student can design an applied research project in accordance with the client's requests. 

5b: The student contributes to management of wildlife and biodiversity through executing applied research.

Ingangseisen

Sufficient ecological knowledge and data analysis skills in using SPSS and GIS are required.

The study unit coordinator may require an entry interview and/or and entry exam.

Documents to be submitted for entry requirements: Formal proof of the modules/subjects followed and a list of marks. 

Literatuur

Mandatory:

  • The manual for the Spainexpedition which will be available online but needs to be printed.
  • For students who haven't followed the major Wildlife Management, we additionally expect you will familiarize yourself with the content of the following book: Hill, D., Fasham, M., Tucker, G., Shewry, M. & Shaw, P. (2005) Handbook of biodiversity methods: Survey, evaluation and monitoring. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. E-book: free download via VHL library: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/vtenl/detail.action?docID=237586
  • For students who haven't followed the major Wildlife Management, we additionally expect you will familiarize yourself with the content of the following book: “An introduction to Conservation Biology” by Primack and Sher (or it’s follow up, Sher & Primack)

Recommended:

  • If you have not followed the regular Wildlife Management major lectures and would like an intro into this topic: “An introduction to Conservation Biology” by Primack and Sher (or it’s follow up, Sher & Primack) is a good book to start with.
  • Useful background reading (but not compulsory) is the book by Rafael Mateo Beatriz Arroyo Jesus T. Garcia (Eds.) (2016) “ Current Trends in Wildlife Research”. Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

 

All other materials to study will be available digitally, either through the internet or using Moodle

Rooster

Total study load  for the minor is 840 hours (terms 3 and 4), which is roughly divided as follows :
•    Lectures and practical exercises (180 hours) 
•    Design research, write research proposal (100 hours)
•    Execute research project, write research report (320 hours)
•    Knowledge dissemination (student lecture, story map, organize symposium, give presentation) (140 hours)
•    Field trips (100 hours)

Toetsing

  • Student lecture: (individual) pass/fail (passing norm = pass)  – weighting factor 6
  • Research proposal: (group) pass/fail (passing norm = pass) – weighting factor 4
  • Story map: (group) pass/fail (passing norm = pass) – weighting factor 4
  • Research report: (group) grade (passing norm = 5.5) – weighting factor 14
  • Research presentation: (individual) grade (passing norm = 5.5) - – weighting factor 2

Aanvullende informatie

Compulsory contact hours:

In period 3: 20-30 contact hours per week

In period 4: 4 contact hours per week

During International field trip: 40+ contact hours per week