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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)
  • Aquatic Trophic Ecology Analysis of selected biological processes influencing the organization of aquatic
    communities. Complex trophic interactions and their effects on the life histories and bioenergetics of aquatic organisms are examined.
    (Steven Chipps 2018)
  • Analysis of Ecological and Environmental Data The main objective of this course is for students to become familiar with a large class of statistical models known as Generalized Linear Models and Generalized Linear Mixed Models (GLMs and GLMMs) and their use in ecology and environmental science. These models are the basis for most statistical analyses conducted in these fields. They include linear models (such as ANOVA and regression models) along with models that assume non-normal error distributions (including logistic, Poisson, and Gamma regression). We will focus on conceptualizing analyses, implementing analyses, and making inference from results. (Sarah Converse 2018)
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Training Offered

  • CPR/AED/First Aid (Clint Boal July 2018)
  • CPR/AED/First Aid (Clint Boal May 2018)
  • Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) (Steven Chipps July 2018)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 100

Masters Students: 237

Phd Students: 155

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 246

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 714

Scientific Publications: 1979

Presentations: 4412

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey