Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Ecology class at South Dakota State University

As part of our mission, Unit scientists teach graduate level courses, mentor graduate students, and provide continuing education for our cooperators. By combining teaching, research and technical assistance, the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit provides students not only with an opportunity to pursue a graduate degree, but also receive unparalleled scientific training and applied work experience. By training the next generation of natural resource scientists, we enable the sound management of the nation's natural resources.

A few recent course offerings are provided below.

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Biology of Fishes What makes a fish, a fish. Course covers physiological basis of fish biology. Students gave me 99% out of 100% approval rating. (Colleen Caldwell 2018)
  • Population Estimation and Modeling (Duane Diefenbach 2018)
  • Principles of Modeling/Population Dynamics Principles of Modeling (Terri Donovan 2018)
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Training Offered

  • CPR/AED/First Aid (Clint Boal July 2018)
  • CPR/AED/First Aid (Clint Boal May 2018)
  • This workshop provided a one hour presentation of the Minnesota landowner survey information to MN Department of Natural Resources land managers and biologists followed by discussions of how the information can be used to change landowner behavior and increase participation in conservation programs. (Larry Gigliotti, Lily Sweikert March 2018)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 235

Phd Students: 161

Post Docs: 57

University Staff: 261

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 685

Scientific Publications: 1884

Presentations: 4374

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey