Code: 22006
Departament: Department of Sciences and Technology
Field of Study: Biological and Geological Sciences
    Biodiversity and conservation
    Geodiversity and conservation
    Nature Conservation
    Conservation of Marine Resources
Paula Bacelar Nicolau
Área Científica: Biology.

Course Description:
Following the analysis of the concepts of biodiversity and geodiversity, related issues are discussed, such as criteria for their valuation (intrinsic, cultural, aesthetic, economic, functional, scientific and educational), threats to geodiversity and biodiversity, promotion of biodiversity conservation and geoconservation at the global, European and national level.

It is expected that on completion of this course the student is able to:
1. Describe the concepts and values ​​of biodiversity;
2. Identify threats and destructive agents of biodiversity and conservation issues globally;
3. Recognize the values ​​of geodiversity;
4. Identify strategies for geoconservation;
5. Articulate goals and set priorities for nature conservation;
6. Know national, European and international strategies for the conservation of nature.

1. Geodiversity: Concepts, Value and threats;
2. Biodiversity: Concepts, Value and threats
3. National strategies, European and international nature conservation (Biodiversity and Geodiversity)
4. Urban Biodiversity;
5. Biodiversity and Climate Change.

Learning materials will be available on-line.

Reference bibliography:
  • Brilha, J. (2005). Património Geológico e Geoconservação. Braga: Palimage.
  • Gray, M. (2004). Geodiversity. Chichester: John Wiley y Sons Ltd.
  • Wilson, E. O. (1988) Biodiversity, National Academy Press, USA by D. C.) National Forum on Biodiversity (1986 Washington, Edward Osborne Wilson, Frances M. Peter, National Academy of Sciences (U. S.), Smithsonian Institution (Corporate Author), E. O. Wilson (Editor).
Pearlman, D.L.; Adelson, G. (1997) Biodiversity, Exploring Values and Priorities in Conservation, Blackwell Science.

Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 26

Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.

Some learning materials may be in English.

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office –