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Ecology class at South Dakota State University

As faculty members in the Division of Biology, the Unit Leader and Assistant Unit Leader teach graduate courses in their specialty areas, conduct research and graduate student training, advise graduate students, and serve on university and governmental committees as needed. The Unit staff welcomes suggestions for cooperative research projects and opportunities to team teach courses. Please contact one of the faculty or staff to discuss collaborative efforts.

Courses Taught

  • Wildlife Conservation Required undergraduate class (Dave Haukos 2018)
  • Philosophy and Practice of Science-Based Conservation BACKGROUND AND JUSTIFICATION
    Many undergraduate and graduate students in ecology, statistics, geography, and policy aspire to non-academic careers in environmental science and conservation. Yet, the mission of state, federal, and NGO environmental agencies, skill sets, and culture of agency employees can be quite different from those to which undergraduates and graduate students are exposed in academia.

    Advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in employment within environmental agencies can benefit from a closer look at what resource management agencies do on a day-to-day basis, what qualifications they seek in entry-level employees, who they hire, and metrics they use to quantify success. Relative to longer-term career planning, students can also benefit from discussions about types of data collection, monitoring, science, critical thinking, and strategic planning that will benefit their career progression within an agency once they are hired.

    The goal of this hybrid lecture-discussion-problem-solving class is to expose advanced undergraduates and graduate students to the mission, skill set, qualifications, culture, information needs, and scientific problem solving that are valued by a variety of environment agencies. This goal will be accomplished through readings, discussions, and guest lectures by university and agency professionals at a variety of levels. Case studies of common environmental problems will be woven throughout the class to provide practical insights that can help future employees understand the philosophy and practice of science-based conservation.

    The target audience is advanced undergraduates and graduate students in biology, geography, statistics, and other university departments/divisions with an interest in non-academic jobs in science-based environmental conservation.

    The class was approved by the Division of Biology in 2018, but the decision was made by team of instructors / guest lecturers to delay the class until 2019. This decision met the need of the university cooperators(from cooperative agreement) to teach up to 1 graduate class a year as needed.
    (Martha Mather 2018)
  • Habitat Conservation and Management A general overview of the concept of habitat, including definitions, theoretical underpinnings, and applied management. Approaches to measure habitat use and selection are presented. (Dave Haukos 2017)
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Training Offered

  • “Professional Social Media and Communications”, Manhattan, KS, (Organizers and Participants: Ryland Taylor, Martha Mather), April 2017 (Martha Mather, Ryland Taylor April 2017)
  • Organizer, Fragstats workshop, Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Manhattan, KS. Approximately 25 researchers from the state of Kansas and Kansas State University signed up for a 2-day workshop to learn about these landscape scale ecological tools, 2015
    (Martha Mather January 2015)
  • Species Distribution Modeling Workshop; Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Manhattan, KS; 2012 , 2016

    Approximately 25 researchers from the state of Kansas and Kansas State University met for a 1-day workshop to learn about species distribution models.

    I organized the logistics.

    October 19, 2013
    (Martha Mather October 2016)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 26

Scientific Publications: 63

Presentations: 237


Featured Student

Liam Berigan
Raised in Virginia, I graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. I’m currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Kansas State as I study the ecology of translocated Lesser Prairie-Chickens.

Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
  2. Kansas State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute