Wildlife: Conservation and Writing


Fall 2014 quarter

Taught by

landscape ecology, physical geography climate, landforms, biogeography, spatial analysis/GIS
creative writing, moving-image media

What does it take to prevent the extinction of a species? Scientific skills, ecological knowledge, a thorough understanding of governmental process, and you have to make people care. This interdisciplinary program will provide students with the tools to develop recovery and conservation plans for endangered species of the Pacific Northwest, and to use writing to communicate the importance of conservation to both scientific and lay audiences.

Students will apply a rigorous approach to collecting and analyzing biological, ecological, and habitat data. Using tools such as GIS to develop habitat suitability and cost surface maps, students will learn the importance of developing spatial analyses that communicate ecological information for decision making and planning. They will integrate information into species recovery plans, learning to effectively communicate goals, objectives, actions and options while following federal guidelines.

Students will advance their understanding of writing fundamentals while cultivating the ability to shape compelling narratives that engage the imagination. Students will study a variety of science and nature writing for examples of how form and content work together to tell a story. Writing exercises and assignments will help students develop skill with syntax, basic grammar, clarity and form in order to meaningfully contextualize ecological and scientific information.

Students will work in research groups to develop their recovery plans, and will work both collaboratively and independently on writing assignments. Lecture topics will include island biogeography and meta-population theory, landscape-scale conservation and ecosystem management approaches, the history and implications of the endangered species act and legal and political issues surrounding species conservation. Writing workshops and assignments, peer and faculty critique, and seminar will be ongoing throughout the program. A 10-day field trip to Yellowstone National Park will allow students to query wildlife managers and conservationists and to experience firsthand one of the most wildlife-intensive areas of North America.

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

Wildlife and natural resources management, geography, creative writing, communications, environmental advocacy.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Final Schedule and Room Assignment


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

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Required Fees

$400 for a 10-day trip to Yellowstone.

Upper Division Science Credit

Upper division science credits will be awarded in such fields as wildlife management, conservation and recovery, habitat and spatial analysis, GIS, and scientific technical writing upon successful completion of the program's learning objectives.


Date Revision
May 8th, 2014 New opportunity added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 50


Course Reference Number

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 10274

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