Monday, November 29, 2010


Last year I was planning to have a section on the exam where you prepared a brief answer for both sides of an argument. I eventually abandoned this idea but they still might form a useful review aid and/or food for thought.
  1. Species-based conservation is necessary because species are fundamental evolutionary units.
    Species-based conservation is impractical because we cannot save every species.

  2. Protected areas that exclude people are the only means to conserve biodiversity.
    Parks will fail unless meaningful inclusion of people’s needs are incorporated into their planning.

  3. Genetic studies provide necessary information for conservation efforts.
    Genetic studies are overly expensive diversions from more important conservation work.

  4. We should conserve the most vulnerable habitats first before they are lost.
    We should focus on preserving large areas of pristine habitat.

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