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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)
  • Population Biology An introduction to the theories of quantitative population biology including dynamics, demography and genetics. Emphasis on spatio-temporal variation within and among populations and species (Dave Haukos 2017)
  • Wildlife Conservation An introduction to the ecological and management principles associated with the fields of fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology. Topics include population ecology and assessment, resource management, and environmental legislation (Dave Haukos 2017)
  • Professional Skills Basic skills needed to be a successful scientist (Martha Mather 2017)
  • Habitat Ecology and Management (Dave Haukos 2016)
  • Wildlife Conservation (Dave Haukos 2016)
  • Professional Skills Professional Skills, BIOL 863, Kansas State University, Cotaught with L. Johnson, J. Guikema, Spring; 2016. Includes proposal writing, professional presentations, ethics, networking, and other skills needed to thrive in graduate school. (Martha Mather 2016)
  • Wildlife Conservation (Dave Haukos 2015)
  • Professional Skills (Martha Mather 2015)
  • Advanced Spatial Modeling (Dave Haukos, Eugene Albanese 2014)
  • Baysian Statistics in Ecology (Dave Haukos 2014)
  • Wildlife Conservation (Dave Haukos 2014)
  • Professional Skills (Martha Mather 2014)
  • Wildlife Conservation (Dave Haukos 2013)
  • Professional Skills Graduate class that covers basic professional skills including proposal writing, oral presentations, posters, and networking. (Martha Mather 2013)
  • Advanced Spatial Modeling Special Topics course in Division of Biology, KSU. Material will include a variety of analyses of spatial data gathered from GIS and remote sensing. (Dave Haukos, Eugene Albanese 2012)
  • Wildlife Conservation Introduction to wildlife, fisheries, and conservation biology. Core course for Wildlife, FIsheries, and Conservation Biology and Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management majors at Kansas State University. Team taught in Division of Biology (Dave Haukos 2012)
  • Professional Skills (Martha Mather 2012)
  • River Regimes (Martha Mather 2012)
  • Professional Skills (Martha Mather 2011)
  • Natural Resource Policy/Biopolitics Senior-Graduate course taught at Texas Tech University providing an overview of the roles of policy and biopolitics in management of natural resources. Taught for 6 years (Dave Haukos 2010)
  • Natural resource and environmental management: interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives (Martha Mather 2010)
  • Diadromous Fish (Martha Mather 2008)
  • Interpretation of Ecological Data (Martha Mather 2008)
  • Ecological Interactions of Fishes (Martha Mather 2007)
  • Ecology of Fishes (Martha Mather 2006)
  • Ecological Interactions of Fishes, Spring 2005 (Martha Mather 2005)
  • Diadromous Fish, Fall 2004, Member of a multi-faculty team (Martha Mather 2004)
  • Social Conflict And Natural Resource Policy, Fall 2005 (with R. Muth) (Martha Mather 2004)
  • Interpretation of Ecological Data (Martha Mather 2003)
  • Social Policy and Natural Resource Conflict (Martha Mather 2002)
  • Diadromous Fish (Martha Mather 2002)
  • Ecological Interactions of Fishes (Martha Mather 2002)
  • Interpretation of Ecological Data (Martha Mather 2001)
  • Ecological Interactions of Fishes (Martha Mather 2000)

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: 64

Presentations: 244


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