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Ecology class at South Dakota State University

As faculty members in the Division of Biology, the Unit Leader and Assistant Unit Leader teach graduate courses in their specialty areas, conduct research and graduate student training, advise graduate students, and serve on university and governmental committees as needed. The Unit staff welcomes suggestions for cooperative research projects and opportunities to team teach courses. Please contact one of the faculty or staff to discuss collaborative efforts.

Courses Taught

  • Habitat Conservation and Management A general overview of the concept of habitat, including definitions, theoretical underpinnings, and applied management. Approaches to measure habitat use and selection are presented (Dave Haukos 2019)
  • Design and Analyses of Wildlife Population Studies The material in this course will cover the design and analyses of wildlife population studies with the use of Program MARK and the RMark package in R. The class is intended for graduate students in the biological and natural resource sciences, and experience with R is encouraged. (Dave Haukos 2019)
  • Natural Resources/Environmental Science Project A comprehensive project in NRES. Requires integration of information and understanding acquired in NRES secondary major courses. Students must prepare and present written and oral reports as part of this capstone course and complete the requirement of the NRES Secondary Major. (Dave Haukos 2019)
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Training Offered

  • “Professional Social Media and Communications”, Manhattan, KS, (Organizers and Participants: Ryland Taylor, Martha Mather), April 2017 (Martha Mather, Ryland Taylor April 2017)
  • Organizer, Fragstats workshop, Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Manhattan, KS. Approximately 25 researchers from the state of Kansas and Kansas State University signed up for a 2-day workshop to learn about these landscape scale ecological tools, 2015
    (Martha Mather January 2015)
  • Species Distribution Modeling Workshop; Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Manhattan, KS; 2012 , 2016

    Approximately 25 researchers from the state of Kansas and Kansas State University met for a 1-day workshop to learn about species distribution models.

    I organized the logistics.

    October 19, 2013
    (Martha Mather October 2016)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 23

Scientific Publications: 71

Presentations: 235


Featured Student

Liam Berigan

Raised in Virginia, I graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. I’m currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Kansas State as I study the ecology of translocated Lesser Prairie-Chickens.

Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
  2. Kansas State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute