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Ecology class at South Dakota State University

As part of our mission, Unit scientists teach graduate level courses, mentor graduate students, and provide continuing education for our cooperators. By combining teaching, research and technical assistance, the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit provides students not only with an opportunity to pursue a graduate degree, but also receive unparalleled scientific training and applied work experience. By training the next generation of natural resource scientists, we enable the sound management of the nation's natural resources.

A few recent course offerings are provided below.

Courses Taught

  • Analysis of Animal Populations (Katie Dugger 2017)
  • 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)
  • R Programming for Biologists At the completion of the course, students will be able to: (1) understand the basic components of R such as functions and data structures; (2) read in and manipulate data formatted as a .csv file; (3) write functions, loops, and conditionals; (4) create graphs; and (5) code basic statistics that are commonly used in biology. Most importantly, this course will teach students how to think like a programmer and how to obtain and understand help documents. The overall goal of the course is to give students the tools necessary to tackle new tasks in R that were not covered in the course. The course will be split into two main themes: learning the principles of R programing (weeks 1-8), and learning how to code statistical analyses in R (weeks 9-16). (Wes Larson 2017)
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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)
  • US Dept. of Interior Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (Cecil Jennings, Don Dennerline May 2017)
  • Motorboat Operators Certification Course (Michael Quist June 2017)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 104

Masters Students: 246

Phd Students: 157

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 297

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 664

Scientific Publications: 1902

Presentations: 4269

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