Biodiversity: An Exploration
These pages are being generated as part of a senior seminar course directed by Neal Williams  at Bryn Mawr College during fall semester, 2007 Among the topics to be considered are
- What is biodiversity?
- What's happening to biodiversity?
- Why is it happening?
- Why does it matter?
- What should/can be done about it?
While deceptively easy to ask, these prove to be sophisticated questions lacking simple answers. Links to weekly readings and discussion summaries will be provided here. Each will include a public on-line forum where visitors are encouraged to leave their own reactions, extensions, and further questions. General thoughts about the course are welcome in the on-line forum below. Postings will be reviewed to prevent spam and so may be delayed in appearing.
Week 1 - Starting thoughts - see forum at the end of this page
Week 2 - The End of the Wild and Tends in the State of Nature 
Week 3 - Getting the Measure of Biodiversity 
Week 4 - Ways of Measuring Biodiversity and their Significance 
Week 6 - Biodiversity Hotspots and Conservation 
Week 7 - Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
Week 8 - Biodiversity and Stability 
Week 9 - Extinction Debt and Extinction Cascades 
Week 10 - Biodiversity and Multiple Trophic Levels 
Week 12 - Community Interactions and Stability