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Ecology class at South Dakota State University

Courses Taught

  • Topics in Design and Analysis of Camera Trapping Studies We will read and discuss the camera trapping literature and identify key assumptions that are made regarding designing camera trap studies for occupancy and capture-recapture. We will place an emphasis on spatial processes and investigate sampling design choices (e.g., systematic random, simple random, clustered, trap spacing) and how they are affected by objectives and state variables of interest (e.g., species richness, diversity, abundance, density, site-level occupancy, species distribution, behavior, connectivity). The 2 credit option will explore implications of different design choices (e.g., what is optimal trap spacing under uniform and clustered designs for objectives related to density estimation vs. connectivity vs. occupancy? What is the best design when accounting for individual heterogeneity?) via simulation in the R programming environment, and will contribute to a group manuscript that will be published in the peer reviewed literature. (Angela Fuller 2018)
  • Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Management Graduate seminar course that provides an introduction to the principles and practice of structured decision making and adaptive management and its application in natural resource management. Students become familiar with the application of quantitative decision modeling tools and apply these methods to natural resource problems. (Angela Fuller 2017)
  • Advanced Fisheries Research Methods In this graduate seminar, students will gain experience in conducting collaborative research in fisheries and aquatic science. Working jointly, we will analyze a dataset on round goby from Cayuga lake, a recent invader to the region with potential for significant trophic impacts to lake ecosystems. Results from this class will inform invasive fish management for inland lakes and Great Lakes in temperate North America.
    (Suresh Andrew Sethi 2017)
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Training Offered

  • 5-day Spatial Capture-Recapture Workshop. Alaska Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Juneau, Alaska. (Angela Fuller August 2018)
  • 3-day Structured Decision Making Workshop of Elk Management in Alberta. Alberta Environment and Parks. Canmore, Alberta. (Angela Fuller August 2018)
  • 2-day Structured Decision Making Workshop. Alberta Environment and Parks. Canmore, Alberta. (Angela Fuller July 2018)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 54

Presentations: 109


Featured Student

Matt Paufve
Matthew Paufve

New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Cornell University
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute