By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 at 6:38 am in Uncategorized.
(Scroll down to reach “Polar bears left out in the cold.”)
The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History has launched a new peer-reviewed, on-line journal, “Lessons in Conservation (LinC),” designed to provide educators and students with the most up-to-date resources and thinking in biodiversity conservation.
LinC will be published semiannually and is the official publication of the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP), a collaborative project of the American Museum of Natural History and a group of institutions and individuals around the world that seeks to develop capacity aimed at sustaining Earth’s biological and cultural diversity.
“Biodiversity conservation in many parts of the world has been hampered by a lack of locally relevant, up-to-date resources,” said Eleanor Sterling, Director of the CBC and co-editor of LinC. “LinC will provide educators with the information they need to train future generations of conservation and environmental professionals in the places where they are needed most.”
The teaching modules presented in LinC include synthesis documents summarizing a wide range of conservation-related topics, field or laboratory exercises, and relevant short case studies with teaching notes to help educators tailor their lessons to local issues or questions. All modules include current, peer-reviewed content and are designed to facilitate active approaches to teaching and learning.
Articles in the inaugural issue include:
** An Introduction to Marine Conservation Biology
** Assessing Threats in Conservation Planning and Management
** Ecosystem Loss and Fragmentation
** Forest Fragmentation and Its Effects on Biological Diversity: A Mapping Exercise
** Biodiversity Conservation and Integrated Conservation and Development Projects
The inaugural issue of LinC is currently available at http://ncep.amnh.org/linc. Like all NCEP materials, LinC is an open-access journal, available for download free-of-charge.
More information about NCEP projects, teaching modules, workshops, training events, and how to get involved is available at http://ncep.amnh.org.
OK, biodiversity fans, let’s go for it! /gary