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This course examines the problem of maintaining biological diversity in a changing world. Emphasis is on the biological concepts involved in population biology, genetics and community ecology, and their use in conservation and management of biodiversity. Labs mix local projects and trips to sites of interest for conservation. 

Erika Barthelmess
Spring 2024
Course Code:
BIOL 440
Conservation Biology


    General flora and fauna in the Adirondacks and beyond (Don't forget to check the Science Library Reference Section also!)



    Amphibians and Reptiles:

    Invasive Species:



    • Native American Ethnobotany database - A database of foods, drugs, dyes and fibers of Native American Peoples, derived from plants.
    • Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases - From the USDA.  Facilitates in-depth plant, chemical, bioactivity, and ethnobotany searches using scientific or common names. Search results can be downloaded in PDF or spreadsheet form. Of interest to pharmaceutical, nutritional, and biomedical research, as well alternative therapies and herbal products.

    Books, Theses, etc…. :

    • SLU Libraries Catalog - Click on the Catalog tab and use the dropdown menu to indicate whether you want to search by title, author, keyword or subject.
    • WorldCat - WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services.  If the SLU libraries don't have a book you need, WorldCat is an excellent place to search and place an interlibrary loan request with just a couple of clicks.

    Local Agencies or Organizations:

    Local Newspapers (that have searchable indexes):

    World News:

    • Nexis-Uni - Has news sources from around the world.  Also has access to case law and information about companies and businesses.

    Local Radio:

    Government Documents:

    Canadian Resources

    SELECTED DATASET REPOSITORIES - not a comprehensive list!

    Move Bank - Animal tracking data

    Earth Data (NASA) - Species Distribution Modeling Data 

    New York State GIS Clearinghouse

    USGS - Species Data Overview

    DRYAD - A multidisciplinary open source data depository.

    Global Biodiversity Information Facility - An international network and data infrastructure funded by the world's governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth

    System Naturae - Conservation Wildlife Datasets

    Ecological Data Wiki - A site with general ecological datasets.

    Northeast Conservation Planning Atlas - Check out the dataset for Habitat Condition for Imperiled Species, Northeast U.S. under the Browse tab.

    Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) were established to provide science capacity and technical expertise for meeting shared natural and cultural resource priorities.

    Conservation Gateway - Terrestrial Habitat Map for the Northeast US and Atlantic Canada.

    Nature's Network - Links to several potentially useful datasets.





    Multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the sciences, social sciences and arts.
    Science & Social Science Journals.
    Indexes literature dealing with the environment, pollution, and energy. Includes significant full text of scholarly and popular journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, conference papers and dissertations.
    Indexes journal articles, theses, papers, books and technical reports from academic publishers, professional societies, university presses, governmental and international organizations.
    Natural sciences literature.
    Materials relating to all aspects of agriculture, forestry and animal science.
    Geology and earth sciences literature.
    Environmental articles from scholarly & general literature.