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Marine Reserve Design: Simulating stakeholder options

Students are provided with information about a hypothetical island state, named Udubia, including a detailed map with infrastructure, bathymetry, currents, and a standardized grid. Data on fisheries, biodiversity, and marine mammal and endangered species populations are also provided, and are referenced to the map’s grid. A table (natural_history.doc) that summarizes the natural history of the species is also provided and can either be provided to the students or kept for instructor reference. Each student will choose a character representing a stakeholder in the placement and design of the marine reserve. Groups of stakeholders propose marine reserves and debate the proposals.
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Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords Biodiversity, community ecology, conservation biology, dispersal, endangered species, fisheries management, marine ecology, oceans, overfishing, Shannon Diversity Index, Marine reserves, marine protec
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Pedagogical Use Description periment Objectives

By the end of this exercise, students should be able to:

Place the principles of conservation biology and marine ecology into an interdisciplinary context
Defend a conservation position using data and research
Interpret geographic data and information
Demonstrate the compromises needed to create a conservation plan given conflicting motivations of different stakeholders
Orally communicate their ideas in front of an audience
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
University of Washington
Tacoma, WA 98402
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Rights TIEE, Volume 6 © 2009 - Bonnie J. Becker and Peter A. Selkin and the Ecological Society of America - Copyright Statement
Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE) is a project of the Education and Human Resources Committee of the Ecological Society of America.
This page was originally published on 23 February 2009 and was last revised 23 February 2009.
Date Of Record Submission 2011-03-14

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