EZProxy is back

There was a problem with EZProxy this morning. The tech folks in the Library haven't figured out what caused it to go down in the first place, but it's back up and functioning now. That means the links to readings should work seamlessly. The only thing you'll notice is that if you try to access the readings from outside uconn.edu, you'll be redirected to a logon page where you'll need to supply your NetID and password. Once you've done that, you'll be re-directed back to the page you were looking for.


Notes on extinction now posted

As promised (threatened?) I've now posted the notes on extinctions. I'll start Thursday's lecture by recapping our impact on the planet. Then I'll give a brief (and idiosyncratic) overview of the history of environmentalism and conservation biology in the United States before we start talking about extinction and why it makes sense to worry about it.

Project #1 posted

I've just posted the description of Project #1. It's available on the detail page for tomorrow's lecture (http://darwin.eeb.uconn.edu/eeb310/lecture.php?rl_id=343). Holly will be sending out e-mails assigning you to groups soon, and we will have a preliminary discussion of the project next Thursday, September 10.

Remember that in addition to providing your framing questions to Holly by next Wednesday, September 9, you should come to class prepare to offer your preliminary answers to the questions posed in the project. I'll use the framing questions you submit and our class discussion to determine the sequence of lecture topics that will follow.

On a related note, I anticipate that notes for tomorrow's lecture will be available by 10:00pm this evening. I'll post another message as soon as they're ready.

First set of notes posted

I've just posted the first set of notes for this semester. You'll find them linked to from the lecture detail page for Tuesday's lecture.1 While I still hope to have notes for Thursday's lecture posted later today, I am finding that my notes are in worse shape than I remember, and it's taking me longer to revise them than I thought it would. There's a good chance that they won't be available until 9:00 or 9:30 tonight, and there's a decent chance that I won't make it then. Given how many meetings I have on Monday, if I don't get them posted tonight, I won't be able to get them posted until Tuesday night.

Syllabus is now set

The course syllabus is now set. The lecture schedule may change a bit as the semester proceeds, but the basic requirements for the course as described on the Overview and Peer evaluation pages. Please look everything over before lecture on Monday.

The notes for the first week of lecture will be available by Sunday evening, if not before. I'll post a notice here when they're ready.

Just about there

Holly and I are meeting tomorrow morning to go over final details for the class. By tomorrow afternoon or evening, I'll have the due date of the final paper posted. Once that's done everything is set and ready to go. I look forward to seeing you bright and early (8:00am) on Tuesday in TLS 301.

Getting ready for Fall 2015

If you're stopping by looking for information on the Fall 2015 edition of EEB 5310, welcome. I've just started updating the course website. The lecture schedule and course overview are in reasonably good shape, but everything is still in a state of flux. It will be a week or two before it all settles down.

What that means for you is that the materials you see here give a good general guide to what the course will be like, how it will be structured, what the requirements are, and what the schedule looks like. Just keep in mind that all of it is subject to change. I'll make another post here when I'm confident that the requirements and schedule are solid, even if the contents still need some editorial work.

By the way, if you're on Twitter, you don't need to remember to check the website regularly to find updates. You can either follow me (@keholsinger) or the hashtag #EEB5310. I've set things up so that every announcement that appears here is cross-posted to Twitter after a short delay.

Just in case you're still listening

There's an interesting (and brief) article in today's Nature that I highly recommend: Conservation: the Endangered Species Act at 40. It consists of brief reflections from four scientists who have been involved with endangered species protection and has some valuable insights. You can bet that I'll be referring to this article when I teach Conservation Biology again in 2015.

Final grades posted

I just posted final grades to PeopleSoft. I managed to grade all papers that I received, so if you submitted your final paper, you should be able to see your final grade very soon. I won't have time to send back papers until Friday or possibly even Saturday. If you have any questions about your final grade, please wait until you've received your final paper before contacting me.

Thank you for a great semester. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

I know the semester is over, but

If you're reading this you might be interested in a pair of papers in Trends in Ecology & Evolution that were just made available as corrected proof:

A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2014: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2013.11.004

What is the future of conservation? http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2013.10.01