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Admission Requirements and Procedures - Prospective students are encouraged to contact Unit personnel directly regarding graduate research opportunities. Unit staff are graduate faculty members in the School of Forest Resources and the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Consult the Graduate Degree Programs section of the School of Forest Resources website or the IGDP Ecology website (see links to the right) for complete details about each program and application procedures.

Financial Support - Graduate students associated with the Unit are typically supported by external funds in the form of grants or research contracts. Fully supported graduate students receive a monthly stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance.

Courses Taught

  • Population estimation and modeling (Duane Diefenbach 2015)
  • Hierarchical models in ecology The objective of this course is to introduce students to hierarchical models and their application in ecology. The goal is to develop skills and understanding of fitting hierarchical models (i.e., writing model code), interpreting model output, and presenting results. The course will focus on Bayesian estimation of hierarchical models and will use the programming environment R and the program JAGS. (Tyler Wagner 2015)
  • Advances in Ecology (Duane Diefenbach 2014)
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Training Offered

  • This was an invited workshop on Bayesian hierarchical modeling. The course was attended by faculty, students, postdocs, and state biologists. The workshop was held at The Ohio State University. (Tyler Wagner April 2015)
  • Introduction to occupancy modeling (Duane Diefenbach March 2014)
  • An Introduction to Bayesian Estimation and Inference Using JAGS
    This workshop provided an introduction to Bayesian estimation and inference using the program environment R and JAGS.
    (Tyler Wagner June 2013)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 17

Scientific Publications: 74

Presentations: 95

Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  2. Pennsylvania Game Commission
  3. Pennsylvania State University
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  5. U.S. Geological Survey
  6. Wildlife Management Institute