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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)
  • Advanced Human Dimensions: A Scientific Approach to the Social Environment of Natural Resource Management 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 2016)
  • Public Invovlement 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 2015)
  • 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 2015)
  • Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates (Steven Chipps 2014)
  • Aquatic Trophic Ecology (Steven Chipps 2014)
  • Advanced Human Dimensions 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 a basic level of understanding of the social aspects of management and some practical applied human dimensions skills.
    Course Objectives
    1. Understand the history and evolution of human dimensions research and application in management (paradigm model).

    2. Be able to define human dimensions and public involvement and why these are important to wildlife management.

    3. Be familiar with major concepts and theories applied in human dimensions.
    4. Be familiar with research tools used in human dimensions.
    (Larry Gigliotti 2014)
  • Behavioral Ecology This course will introduce students to primary topics in the behavioral ecology of animals as a means to improve their understanding of basic and evolutionary ecology. (Joshua Stafford 2014)
  • 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 2013)
  • Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates (Steven Chipps 2012)
  • Aquatic Trophic Ecology (Steven Chipps 2012)
  • Advanced Human Dimensions 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 a basic level of understanding of the social aspects of management and some practical applied human dimensions skills.
    Course Objectives
    1. Understand the history and evolution of human dimensions research and application in management (paradigm model).

    2. Be able to define human dimensions and public involvement and why these are important to wildlife management.

    3. Be familiar with major concepts and theories applied in human dimensions.
    4. Be familiar with research tools used in human dimensions.
    (Larry Gigliotti 2012)
  • The Beak of the Finch (Joshua Stafford 2012)
  • Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates This course covers the phylogeny, life-history, habitats and ecology of major freshwater invertebrates. The use of invertebrate taxa as biomonitoring criteria and impacts from exotic/invasive species are also covered. (Steven Chipps 2010)
  • Aquatic Trophic Ecology (Steven Chipps 2010)
  • Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates (Steven Chipps 2008)
  • Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates (Steven Chipps 2008)
  • Aquatic Trophic Ecology (Steven Chipps 2008)
  • Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates (Steven Chipps 2006)
  • Aquatic Trophic Ecology (Steven Chipps 2006)
  • Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates (Steven Chipps 2004)
  • Aquatic Trophic Ecology (Steven Chipps 2004)
  • Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates (Steven Chipps 2002)
  • Advanced Limnology (Steven Chipps 2002)
  • Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates (Steven Chipps 2000)
  • Advanced Limnology (Steven Chipps 2000)
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 50

Presentations: 138

 

Featured Student

Travis Rehm
Master's
Travis Rehm - Brown Trout

Links

  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