This course will explore the cross-disciplinary nature of conservation biology, which is the applied science of maintaining the earth's biological diversity. Major topics will be introduced via lectures, while students will lead weekly discussions of scientific publications highlighting the various subdisciplines of conservation biology and their applications. As part of this course, we will also carry out a conservation assessment and design a conservation plan for a focal species. Students are expected to have a working understanding of evolution, ecology, genetics, and economics. Prerequisites: BIOL-1311 and BIOL-1111. Corequisites: BIOL-2312 and BIOL-2112 (may be taken as prerequisites).