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Department of Zoology


Conservation science applies scientific methods to the challenge of maintaining and restoring global biodiversity and ecosystem services. It aims to understand patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem change, pressures that are driving loss or degradation, and what the most effective and efficient responses are, at every scale from local land management to international convention.

On a global scale, human demands are growing rapidly, generating large-scale environmental effects such as climate change, land use change and pollution. In this context, conservation science is urgently needed. It is inherently multi-disciplinary, drawing on ecology, taxonomy, genetics, mathematical modelling, geoinformatics, advanced statistics, policy and decision analysis, psychology and economics, amongst others.