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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

  • Quantitative Decision Analysis for Fish and Wildlife Management Natural resource managers often are faced with difficult decisions on how to satisfy the socio-economic needs of the public while conserving or restoring ecological systems. To aid in the decision-making process, the decision sciences have developed approaches that allow decision makers to: examine the expected effects of different strategies before implementation; incorporate multiple objectives and values of stakeholders; determine the relative influence of various sources of uncertainty; and estimate the value of collecting additional data. Adaptive management, a special case of decision analysis, is used to reduce uncertainties through monitoring, increasing the value of management. Despite the potential advantages, quantitative decision analysis and adaptive management are not used widely in natural resource management, with the exception of a few notable conservation efforts. To this point, a primary impediment to the broad-scale application of quantitative decision analysis has been a lack of training opportunities for natural resource students and professionals in the concepts and methodology. This course is intended to fill that gap by providing quantitatively- oriented students in natural resources and related fields with the skills needed to interpret and conduct complex quantitative decision analysis for managing animal populations. (Jim Peterson 2018)
  • Readings in Aquatic Community Ecology Discussion-based seminar on fundamental papers in Aquatic Community Ecology. (Amanda Rosenberger 2018)
  • Raptor Ecology and Conservation (Clint Boal 2017)
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Training Offered

  • Workshop on dealing with common problems related to scientific publishing. Topics covered included: Pros and cons of subscription vs open access journals, dual publication jeopardy and translations to other languages, funding publishing costs, authorship, selecting a journal, handling revisions, and resubmission after rejection. (Cecil Jennings February 2018)
  • Harnessing Raptors with Transmitters. 1/2 day workshop held at the 2017 meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation. Instructed students in types of transmitters used in research and methods to attach them to raptors. (Clint Boal November 2017)
  • CPR/AED/First Aid (Clint Boal October 2017)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 161

Post Docs: 57

University Staff: 251

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 694

Scientific Publications: 1868

Presentations: 4285

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