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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

  • Stream Ecology (Shannon Brewer 2019)
  • Research Communication In this ‘class’, students will learn how to: 1) develop a research project, 2) write a defensible proposal, 3) draft an abstract for a professional presentation, 4) apply for (and most receive) funding to attend a professional meeting, 5) analyze their data, 6) graph their data, 7) complete a professional poster or oral presentation, and 8) present their presentation at a professional meeting. (Phaedra Budy 2019)
  • Graduate Fish Ecology Graduate Fish Ecology (WATS 6230/7230). Utah State University, Department of Watershed Sciences. 2019. (Phaedra Budy 2019)
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Training Offered

  • Raptor Permitting Workshop. 1/2 day workshop held at the 2019 Meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation, Fort Collins, CO. Instructed participants as to the requirements and process for obtaining permits for research with birds of prey, including federal scientific permits, Institutional Animal Care and Use permits, bird banding permits, and take permits. Taught with other instructors from USFWS and USGS. (Clint Boal November 2019)
  • Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) (Steve Chipps June 2019)
  • Fundamentals of Structured Decision Making, AFS/TWS Joint Conference, Reno NV (Sarah Converse September 2019)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 145

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 671

Scientific Publications: 1915

Presentations: 4229

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey