Conservation Biology at the University of California
Conservation biology is an emerging interdisciplinary field of study that is gaining attention in academic, public, and management spheres in basic and applied research, as a challenging educational path for undergraduate and graduate students, and an effective means of applying science in the management of natural resources. The diversity of landscapes and biota in California, the increasing pressures of population growth and development, and the abilities and interests of a broad range of scientists and researchers has led to many University of California (UC) programs, research projects, and courses.
Through meetings with representatives from eight UC campuses, the status of conservation biology education was assessed and recommendations for further action were prepared and published in a report from the committee. This working group has been formalized as a GRCP ad hoc committee. From a larger group of significant activities that would advance individual campus programs and collectively enhance UC as a whole in conservation biology, the committee has identified several high priority activities for attention: