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Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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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

  • Advanced Population Analysis (Sarah Converse 2020)
  • Scientific Evidence in Ecology This course was designed for graduate students to provide a general background in the understanding and evaluation of scientific evidence in relation to ecological research. (Katie Dugger 2020)
  • Stream Ecology (Shannon Brewer 2019)
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Training Offered

  • CPR/AED/First Aid (Clint Boal January 2020)
  • 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)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 94

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 237

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 669

Scientific Publications: 1900

Presentations: 4080

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey