Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
Home | Intranet | Digital Measures | Help

South Dakota Education Activities

Black Hills trout

Unit scientists contribute to the curriculum offerings at South Dakota State University by teaching graduate-level courses in fish and wildlife ecology.

Courses Taught

  • Public Involvement Principles & Techniques This course is designed to provide students aspiring to work in fisheries and wildlife or other natural resource management fields, whether at the federal, state, local level of government or an NGO, with a basic level of understanding of the public involvement principles and techniques.

    Course Objectives
    1. Have an understanding of what it means for an agency to have a public involvement philosophy.
    • Be able to recognize and describe situations when public involvement is needed.

    2. Knowledge of the 14-15 basic objectives of public involvement and an understanding of matching strategy with objective.

    3. Be familiar with a wide range of public involvement strategies (about 10 of the common general techniques will be discussed in class).
    • Be able to list the strengths & weaknesses of 10-12 of the more common public involvement strategies.
    • Have a working knowledge of the key principles necessary for successfully implementing the more common public involvement strategies.

    4. Be able to design a public involvement program (i.e., understand the basic components needed).

    5. Be familiar with the basic components of facilitation and running effective meetings.

    (Larry Gigliotti 2017)
  • Wildlife Research Design This course will provide students with exposure to the philosophy of science and critical thinking, important foundational work regarding wildlife study design and implementation, and an understanding of basic statistical tools and techniques that may be useful in their own research. (Joshua Stafford 2017)
  • Aquatic Trophic Ecology (Steven Chipps 2016)
  • See All ...

Training Offered

  • Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior, Brookings, South Dakota. (Kevin Pope, Christopher Chizinski, Steven Chipps May 2017)
  • Introduction to Fish Bioenergetics 4.0 -- a new, R-based software package that we developed (Steven Chipps February 2017)
  • ATV/UTV Safety Training (Joshua Stafford June 2017)
  • See All ...

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 45

Presentations: 112


Featured Student

Joseph Mrnak
Joseph Mrnak - M.S. of Dr. Steven Chipps


  1. Graduate School

South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
  2. South Dakota State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute