A six week course covering academic conservation themes, practical research skills and taxonomy including five modules.
Human-wildlife conflict: focus on attitudes to wildlife conservation, sustainable livelihoods, protein sources and food security, and anti-poaching outcomes.
Dogs and conservation: dogs are used in conservation research, anti-poaching but also are one of the most frequently used tools in active bushmeat hunting. This module discusses their role in the problem and the solutions as well as practical exercises to learn how to use a conservation research canine.
Research field skills: from arthropods to aardvarks, leopards to lilac-breasted rollers we cover most of the practical skills you need to survey species in the bush. Includes practical sessions doing pitfall trapping, camera trapping, transects, scat analysis, track stations, dog scent detection and light trapping.
African taxonomy and ecology: a vital module covering identification of major taxa of both fauna and flora, with practical identification sessions.
Anthropological research skills: using both qualitative and quantitative surveys we will collect data on attitudes to wildlife, poaching and conservation in a series of interview sessions.
Course dates for 2021 will be published in January 2021.