Note: The course below will not be taught Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.

WIS 6934 Systematic Planning for Biodiversity Conservation Projects

Conservation practitioners have limited resources (money, time, and people) to solve urgent and escalating conservation problems. To be effective with those resources, conservation practitioners need to carefully choose and prioritize their strategies, monitor whether they are being effective, and adapt strategies when they are not working. In addition, to obtain support from funders, partners, or stakeholders, practitioners need to be able to clearly communicate their goals and strategies, demonstrate their effectiveness, and rely on clear, transparent decision-making.

This course is designed for advanced graduate students who are interested in applied conservation, as a career or in terms of implementing a conservation project. The goal of the course is to provide students with training and experience in a systematic and adaptive process for planning conservation projects. The course will be structured around the Conservation Measures Partnership's cycle for planning and implementing conservation projects ( and will focus on development of conservation plans for areas chosen by student teams.

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Registration is with permission of the instructors because class size is limited. If you are interested in taking the course, please download and fill out this questionnaire (click here) and e-mail it to Lyn Branch at This information will help us set up student teams for the conservation planning class and be sure that all students have appropriate background. All students in the class should have had conservation experience in the field, as this is an important context for planning. The course is oriented toward students who have extensive experience and interest in conservation of particular sites (e.g., a park, reserve, significant private lands, etc.). Please return the form no later than 14 August (or as soon as you can thereafter for those of you who learn about the course after that date).

Each team (3-4 students per team) will develop a conservation plan for an area chosen by the team. At least one member of the group should have extensive knowledge of the ecology of the area.