Teetering on the Brink of Extinction? (Or Is It Too Late?)
Length: 3-6 hours
Discipline: Biological Sciences
Level: Introductory (non-majors)
Author: Donham, Richard
The Florida panther is an endangered subspecies of puma (Felis concolor coryi). Within the context of problems posed by the management of the panther, the students are introduced to molecular genetics as a tool for making decisions relevant to a population, to the importance of genetic variability, and to other factors that affect the stability and evolution of an organism. Students are expected to produce a written report that summarizes their understanding of the population, its status, and its future.