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University of Leeds

Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


Do you worry about the effects of climate change on nature?

On this course, you’ll learn you how the work of conservation biologists and study of ecosystems can help with conserving the world’s biodiversity. You’ll explore the impact of wind farms on populations of seabirds, and understand how the use of advanced techniques can be used to study different populations.

In Week 2, you’ll learn about ecosystems and how they’re influenced by human activity. You’ll use case studies to explore the reasons behind the bee decline across the world, and examine fish species in tropical seas to see at first-hand how climate change damages coral reefs.

This course has been ranked as one of the best online courses of all time by online course aggregator class central.

The course is for anyone with a general interest in ecology and wildlife conservation but it will be particularly useful for students at high school who want to study conservation biology, zoology or biology at university level. The course is part of the Going to University collection and completing it can help improve your university application by broadening your understanding of wildlife conservation and developing your independent learning skills. The course can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Taught by

Chris Thompson


4.5 rating, based on 124 Class Central reviews

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  • This is course is really more than amazing, the case studies and the activities were so much helpful and enjoyable. ^_^

    I really wish if they make another course to continue learning ^_^
  • Anonymous
    I just finished this course and I must admit that I did like it a lot for actually focusing on the subject and not on scoring a high number or letter grade per each part (leaving that just for the end test). But there are two issues I have plus one detail...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Whilst this course does provide some good information, I think that the short length of this course does not allow for a fuller extent of the topic of Ecology and Wildlife Conservation to be explored- what about a case study of a particular ecosystem...
  • Anonymous
    The fact that the course made it clear that ‘progress’ and conservation can go hand in hand was the most valuable part. It’s important to make people aware that it can be a win-win rather than a one or the other situation. If anyone is even remotely thinking (or not!) about a career in biology and wildlife conservation, then this taster will dispel any doubts. It’s a very good introduction for the lay person and enthusiast alike. The combination of theory, real case studies and just the right number of exercises helps understanding and facilitates the assimilation of ideas. I’m very tempted to get out there and perform my own FIT study!
  • Anonymous
    I have been reading and practicing Wildlife Conservation since 1991, as a volunteer at 'Green Turtle Environmental Centre.'

    This course has broadened my outlook towards ecology and so forth.
  • Luciana
    If you are interested in the environment, ecology, sustainability, or animal kingdom, I'd like to recommend you apply to this course, and then enjoy your path! The content is very high quality and the professional in charge so he is as well! The content of the terms and topics was informative and straightforward for me, so I enjoyed pretty much it. I hope to bump him into another course!
  • Anonymous
    This course is very academic and way beyond the general knowledge of someone wanting to learn about conservation. The material was data and more data. The quiz questions expected scientific reasoning to get an answer based on possible evidence. Be aware.
    Go through the course first before you upgrade.
    Repeat. AVOID.
  • Anonymous
    Interesting short course with varied subject matter to explore. Nicely presented and easy to digest. Some of the online materials didn't work but there were always work arounds to use. I would recommend to anyone wanting to start a journey in conservation or ecology.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course. Very informative. It had lots of really great activities which illustrate different aspects of ecology and conservation. So many topics were covered from wind farms to coral reefs. Galapagos Islands to endangered species.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I ve enjoyed this course .... one of several that Ive taken on similar topics; by design it is brief, an overview, an appetite whetter! makes it very accessible indeed (I did it to fill in a gap between two other courses that I d signed up for). excellent...
  • Anonymous
    If you're interested in ecology and ecosystems, this is the course for you. Quite a lot of technical stuff but expressed in language which even a non-scientific nerd like me is able to comprehend.
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    Kero Mina
    This course is a beginning to understand the threats of the ecosystem and how to study an ecosystem and try conserve the spices from human activities which threat spices

    I enjoyed the links in this course there were useful for me

    The study cases were good

    I enjoyed this course and I hope to be useful for everyone
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I just completed Ecology and Wildlife Conservation and I absolutely loved it. The course offers some great practical exercises and the chance to study field studies that really give you a feel for what is involved in the work of a conservation biologist. The professors were great and structure of the course was nicely paced and easy to understand. It was an all together amazing experience and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to get a basic idea of what is involved in the conversation of the environment and the wildlife that inhabits our planet
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this course really interesting and challenging. I had some preconceptions which were wrong! Learning is great for this. I have studied before on FutureLearn. I studied the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was a great introduction. This course, Ecology and Conservation was a brilliant second course for me.

    I will continue to study with FutureLearn. It has a wide range of really relevant courses and the presentations are engaging.

    Ecology and Conservation is definitely a starting point from which I want to learn.

    Thank you.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Overall, very good course. I enjoyed getting to play around with real data figures and making conclusions from them. The design and presentation is very nice, and I like how it encourages you to write a comment at each stage in order to actively participate.
    However, I didn't really learn many new things. I learnt most of this content in secondary school (high school) and I guess I was just hoping for something a little more in depth.
    But, still a good introduction for people with little knowledge on the subject!
  • Anonymous
    Generally the course was very accessible & described the core areas of ecological study clearly. Although mostly easy to understand, pitched at a pre university level, I did have to go off site for a better explanation of the important concepts of Resistance & Resilience.
    I thought it failed to emphasis that to fully comprehend an ecological process one needs first to acquire a comprehensive zoological understanding of the organisms involved.
    Input or response from a course admin would have helped gauge the quality of respondents comments. Perhaps post course follow-up with quality sample answers.
    Two weeks just whetted my appetite- I was certainly left wanting more!
  • Anonymous
    I absolutely loved this course! It offers a number of different learning styles, such as text, video and audio and provides valuable information, as well as encourages you to go and do your own research in order to increase you knowledge and understanding of each topic.

    I also really enjoyed that I was able to engage with people in the comments, read their contributions to each topic and discuss their opinions and personal experiences with them.

    All in all I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in ecology and wildlife conservation!
  • Angela Perez
    I have enjoyed this course very much. My education level at science remains in a very low level, and the way society is becoming encourages me to gain more consciousness about it, and educate myself in this area. This course is very useful because it has not been overwhelming, it gives you small pieces of a "cake", but it does not give you the whole cake, so you can digest by little bits, and if you would like some more, all information is around in books, documents, other courses... But, exercises, articles and videos have been stimulating and dynamic.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course for anyone wanting to begin their journey in understanding and being involved in ecology and wildlife conservation.

    Up to date examples of conservation in action and how human beings can effect change.

    I would encourage anyone who is concerned about the health of our planet to take this course.

    As Margaret Mead said : “don’t think a small group of awakened individuals cannot change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that has. “
  • Anonymous
    It is a great course to introduce you into the differente techniques and perspectives necessary to conservation and animal behaivour studies. The questions are well crafted and correspond with the topics being studied. The integration of the actual data used by the researchers helps to understand how detailed the studies and the data collected must be in order to take decisions regardin the conservation of a specific species.

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