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Louisiana Education Activities

Courses Taught

  • Science Communication (Sammy King, Megan La Peyre 2016)
  • Wetlands and Wildlife Ecology (Sammy King 2016)
  • Wetlands of the Pacific Northwest This field-based course is an intensive examination of select National Wildlife Refuges and state Wildlife Management Areas in northern California and southeastern Oregon. The course will provide students with first hand experience in wetland processes and water conflicts in an arid environment. (Sammy King 2016)
  • Natural Resources Policy: Policy Sciences Analysis This course examines the history and development of natural resources policy within the United States, and internationally. The course uses a framework for policy analysis to evaluate current issues. (Megan La Peyre 2016)
  • Restoration and Management of Wetland Functions This courses provides students with a systems based understand of wetlands and how wetland processes can be manipulated to benefit wildlife. (Sammy King 2015)
  • Natural Resources Policy This course is designed to equip graduate students with a basic understanding of the importance of policy in managing renewable natural resources in the U.S. We will review the history of natural resources policy, its foundations in law, and discuss current issues as well as recurring issues in policy. We will focus on public policy including regulatory laws to protect resources, increases in the use of incentives, especially in federal agricultural policy, public land management, and the controversies of mandating management on private lands. Students will select a regional, national or international policy issue they find interesting and present an overview of the issues, conflicts, and the key players for that policy issue, as well as lead the class discussion about alternative policy that has or could be implemented to address the issue.
    (Megan La Peyre 2015)
  • Wetland Wildlife This course provides students with a system-based understanding of wetlands and wetland wildlife management in Louisiana. (Sammy King 2014)
  • Restoration and Management of Wetland Functions (Sammy King 2013)
  • Fish Physiology and Condition The seminar is set-up such that students will work through a set of literature related to fish physiology and growth, leading up to readings and discussions related to commonly used as well as novel techniques to assess the condition of fish under different conditions. The course is set up with two-week units where students will explore literature within each unit, generating a literature summary and comprehensive literature list related to each topic. The final two weeks will be used to integrate all of the information, and to combine the unit literature summaries into one large literature review. (Megan La Peyre 2013)
  • Behavioral Ecology (Alan Afton 2012)
  • Wetland and Wildlife Ecology (Sammy King 2012)
  • Wetlands of the Upper Midwest (Sammy King 2012)
  • Structured Decision Making in Natural Resources, or, How to make good decisions The seminar is set-up such that students will work through the SDM process during the semester as we discuss different steps in the SDM process. We will alternate weeks where we will present and discuss the SDM process, with weeks where groups will present their progress on a semester long management project. (Megan La Peyre, Bryan Piazza 2012)
  • Behavioral Ecology (Alan Afton 2011)
  • Advanced Topics in Renewable Natural Resources (Alan Afton 2011)
  • Restoration and Management of Wetland Functions (Sammy King 2011)
  • Wetlands of the Middle Rio Grande Field-based course to study the ecology, management, and conservation of wetlands within the upper and middle Rio Grande (Sammy King 2011)
  • Floodplain Ecology (Sammy King 2011)
  • Wetland and Wildlife Ecology Introduction to wetland ecosystems including biotic and abiotic processes of wetlands and the basic ecology of wetland-dependent wildlife (Sammy King 2010)
  • Science, Advocacy, Communication and Environmental Policy This class will explore links between science, scientists, communication and environmental policy; and develop critical thinking to evaluate the ways that science and policy can be integrated. (Megan La Peyre 2010)
  • Restoration and Management of Wetland Functions (Sammy King 2009)
  • Wetlands of the Intermountain West (Sammy King 2009)
  • Natural Resources Management (Megan La Peyre 2009)
  • Wildlife Seminar -- Landscape Ecology (Sammy King 2008)
  • Natural Resources Policy (Megan La Peyre 2008)
  • Advanced Topics in Renewable Natural Resources (Alan Afton 2007)
  • Issues in Ecology and Conservation (Sammy King 2007)
  • Restoration and Management of Wetlands (Sammy King 2007)
  • Behavioral Ecology (Alan Afton 2006)
  • Restoration and Management of Wetlands (Sammy King 2006)
  • Floodplain Ecology, Restoration, and Management (Sammy King 2006)
  • Current topics in the restoration of coastal Louisiana (Megan La Peyre 2006)
  • Comparative Avian Nutrition (Alan Afton 2005)
  • Problems in Natural Resource Management (Alan Afton 2005)
  • Advanced Topics in Renewable Natural Resources (Alan Afton 2005)
  • Graduate Seminar in Wildlife (Alan Afton 2005)
  • Problems in Natural Resource Management (Alan Afton 2005)
  • Special topics: wetland sedimentation (Megan La Peyre 2005)
  • Current Issues in Natural Resources (Megan La Peyre 2005)
  • Behavioral Ecology (Alan Afton 2004)
  • Problems in Natural Resource Management (Alan Afton 2004)
  • Research Methodology and Proposal Writing (Alan Afton 2004)
  • Restoration and Management of Wetlands (Sammy King 2004)
  • Floodplain Ecology (Sammy King 2004)
  • Restoration Ecology (Megan La Peyre 2004)
  • Wetlands in Peril (Wildlife Seminar) (Sammy King 2003)
  • Wetland Ecology and Management (Sammy King 2003)
  • Restoration Ecology (Megan La Peyre 2003)
  • Behavioral Ecology (Alan Afton 2002)
  • Research Problems in Wildlife (Alan Afton 2002)
  • Selected or Assigned Wildlife Problem (Alan Afton 2002)
  • Research Problems in Wildlife (Alan Afton 2001)
  • Selected or Assigned Wildlife Problems (Alan Afton 2001)
  • Research Problems in Wildlife (Alan Afton 2001)
  • Aquatic Botany (Megan La Peyre 2001)
  • Comparative Avian Nutrition (Alan Afton 2000)
  • Research Problems in Wildlife (Alan Afton 2000)
  • Selected or Assigned Wildlife Problems (Alan Afton 2000)
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 0

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 46

Presentations: 76

 

Featured Student

Eva Hillmann
PhD
Eva Hillmann

Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  2. Louisiana State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute