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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)
  • Fisheries Ecology Lectures and discussions will be used to provide an interactive exploration of the ecology of fishes related to management and conservation. Topics include: foraging and predator-prey theory, reproduction and early life-history, habitat selection and niche theory, competition, fish biodiversity, and response to anthropogenic climate change. (Tim Grabowski 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)
  • Introduction to Fish Bioenergetics 4.0 -- a new, R-based software package that we developed (Steven Chipps February 2017)
  • US Dept. of Interior Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (Cecil Jennings, Don Dennerline August 2017)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 252

Phd Students: 153

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 278

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 664

Scientific Publications: 1929

Presentations: 4308

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