Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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South Dakota Education Activities

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

Courses Taught

  • Independent Study baseR for Biologists introduces students to concepts on data management and manipulation
    in R, including extracting subsets of data, data splitting, data control structures, merging and
    combining data, sorting, ranking and ordering data and looping data in R. The course also
    introduces basics of graph construction in R, including scatter plots, line plots, bar charts,
    and histograms. The on-line course was developed by Dr. Thomas Edwards, USGS, Utah
    Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.
    (Steven Chipps 2018)
  • Aquatic Trophic Ecology Analysis of selected biological processes influencing the organization of aquatic
    communities. Complex trophic interactions and their effects on the life histories and bioenergetics of aquatic organisms are examined.
    (Steven Chipps 2018)
  • Advanced Human Dimensions: A Scientific Approach to the Social Environment 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, or local level of government or an NGO, with an understanding of the social aspects of management and some practical applied human dimensions skills, via readings of a broad range of human dimensions literature and discussions of human dimensions concepts applied to natural resource issues. (Larry Gigliotti 2018)
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Training Offered

  • Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) (Steven Chipps July 2018)
  • This workshop provided a 1.5 hour presentation of the results of a survey of Montana landowners to Montana FWP land manager staff and a 2 hour discussion of the implications and use of the information. (Larry Gigliotti September 2018)
  • This workshop provided a one hour presentation of the Minnesota landowner survey information to MN Department of Natural Resources land managers and biologists followed by discussions of how the information can be used to change landowner behavior and increase participation in conservation programs. (Larry Gigliotti, Lily Sweikert March 2018)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 53

Presentations: 128

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