Conservation Biology is a broad topic. In thisyclass we will address the issues that defineyconservation and the need for it. We willyaddress the complexities of conservation biologyyand how conservation activities can preserveybiodiversity and promote human welfare. As aymajor component of this class will be devoted toyService-Learning, students will conduct their ownyconservation project. The class will also takeyadvantage of the Doane College Green Fund byysubmitting a class wide proposal to the committeeyfor approval every year. The types of projectsywill be broad in scope to allow flexibility inystudent interests. Projects will be situated atyDoane or in Crete, but may extend to national oryglobal levels. Students will also take part inythe Doane Carbon Capture Project where they willyactively plant new trees on a pre-designated siteyon campus and will monitor current carbon stocksyon campus through standard forestry techniques. yUpon completion of this course students will gainyan understanding of the complexities surroundingythe major issues in conservation such as climateychange mitigation, biodiversity, and ecosystemyservices.