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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

  • Research Communication In this ‘class’, students will learn how to: 1) develop a research project, 2) write a defensible proposal, 3) draft an abstract for a professional presentation, 4) apply for (and most receive) funding to attend a professional meeting, 5) analyze their data, 6) graph their data, 7) complete a professional poster or oral presentation, and 8) present their presentation at a professional meeting. (Phaedra Budy 2019)
  • Graduate Fish Ecology Graduate Fish Ecology (WATS 6230/7230). Utah State University, Department of Watershed Sciences. 2019. (Phaedra Budy 2019)
  • Analysis of Ecological and Environmental Data (Sarah Converse 2019)
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Training Offered

  • Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) (Steve Chipps June 2019)
  • Fundamentals of Structured Decision Making, AFS/TWS Joint Conference, Reno NV (Sarah Converse September 2019)
  • 2.5 day course on structured decision making for TNC-California. (Sarah Converse August 2019)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4245

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey