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Ecology class at South Dakota State University

Unit personnel teach the following courses at Utah State University:
J. A. Bissonette:
WILD 6710-7710, Wildlife Ecology (Spring )
T. C. Edwards:
WILD 6500, Biometry: Design and Analysis of Ecological Research (Fall)
P. Budy
WATS 3100/5100, Fish Diversity and Conservation (Fall 2008, 27 students)
WATS 3100/5100, Fish Diversity and Conservation Laboratory Practicum (Fall 2008, 9 students)

Courses Taught

  • Fish Diversity and Conservation Co-taught with J. Gaeta

    WATS 3110 laboratory
    (Phaedra Budy 2015)
  • Graduate Induction Class- Lake Fish Ecology Held in Bear Lake, UT (Phaedra Budy 2015)
  • statR3 - Analysis of Variance Techniques in R (Thomas Edwards 2015)
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Training Offered

  • Species Distribution Modelling Using R
    The course covers major parametric, semi- and non-parametric models currently used in species distribution models (SDM), ranging from GLMs to GAMs to Random Forests / Boosted Regression Trees. Course also covers design issues, principally those related to (i) presence only vs. true presence-absence data, and (ii) sample frame issues leading to grossly unbalanced training data (i.e., prevalence) and their effects on model output. Exercise data ranges from plants to animals, rare to common species, and small to large extents.
    (Thomas Edwards September 2015)
  • gisR – Basic Geographic Information Systems Analysis
    Covers common GIS data manipulations and analyses using raster-based, and polygon, line and point shapefiles. Twelve exercises are associated with the course.
    (Thomas Edwards September 2015)
  • statR-I – Descriptive Statistics in R
    Common descriptive statistics in R. Five modules on (i) numerical descriptive statistics, (ii) graphical descriptive statistics, (iii) assessing distributions, (iv) measures of correlation, (v) basic graphs for portraying descriptive data. Seven exercises associated with the course.
    (Thomas Edwards August 2015)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 28

Presentations: 129


Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
  4. Utah State University/College of Natural Resources
  5. Wildlife Management Institute