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Aaron Wirsing, PhD

Wildlife Science

School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

EEB 105 (map)

MTWTh 8:30 – 9:20am


Linda Uyeda

PhD Candidate, Wildlife Science

School of Environmental and Forest Sciences





Course Description

The influence of humans increasingly shapes the natural landscapes and systems of this planet, leading to concerns and sometimes conflict involving wildlife.  This course is intended to provide an introduction to wildlife biology and conservation by investigating the suite of pressures influencing species survival.  We assume that you do not have a background in college-level biology and that you are not in a natural resource or biology program.  A strong interest in learning how and why humans affect wildlife is essential to succeeding in this course.


Course Goals

Wildlife in the Modern World is intended to provide students who might not otherwise study wildlife in an academic setting with a framework for understanding wildlife-related topics they will encounter in the media throughout life.  Students are encouraged to critically assess basic needs and pressures of a wide variety of wildlife.  Students who leave ESRM 150 in good standing will be able to research a wildlife species of interest, synthesize available information, and effectively communicate the species past, present, and potential interactions with humans and the natural world.  Successful students will also be able to discuss basic topics of wildlife ecology, management, and conservation with peers.



None required.



Some of the lectures are PowerPoint presentations that can be downloaded from the website, printed, and used as class notes. Read and print class notes before attending class to improve your note taking and help you keep up with the lectures.  I plan to post these PowerPoint presentations at least 1 day prior to lecture.


We have a number of guest speakers to give lectures on a variety of wildlife-related topics. Material from guest speaker lectures is also fair game for exam questions.


Discussion Sections

In weekly discussion sections (see below for schedule and locations), you will have the opportunity to interact with a TA and other students while delving deeper into a variety of wildlife topics. This more casual forum will allow you to ask questions and receive help with specific problems related to course requirements.


AA: Mo 10:30-11:20, ART 004 (map)

AB: We 9:30-10:20, ART 006

AC: We 10:30-11:20, ART 004

AD: We 3:30-4:20, ART 004

AE: Th 9:30-10:20, ART 006

AF: Th 12:30-1:20, BAG 261 (map)


Students with disabilities

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.