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Ecology class at South Dakota State University

Courses Taught

  • Decision Making for Natural Resources (Angela Fuller 2019)
  • Topics in Design and Analysis of Camera Trapping Studies We will read and discuss the camera trapping literature and identify key assumptions that are made regarding designing camera trap studies for occupancy and capture-recapture. We will place an emphasis on spatial processes and investigate sampling design choices (e.g., systematic random, simple random, clustered, trap spacing) and how they are affected by objectives and state variables of interest (e.g., species richness, diversity, abundance, density, site-level occupancy, species distribution, behavior, connectivity). The 2 credit option will explore implications of different design choices (e.g., what is optimal trap spacing under uniform and clustered designs for objectives related to density estimation vs. connectivity vs. occupancy? What is the best design when accounting for individual heterogeneity?) via simulation in the R programming environment, and will contribute to a group manuscript that will be published in the peer reviewed literature. (Angela Fuller 2018)
  • Controversial Conservation Topics II In this literature seminar, we will discuss a suite of controversial conservation topics, exploring different sides of the scientific debate surrounding these issues and exploring feedbacks among science, policy, management, and public perceptions. The objective of the class is to encourage students to think critically about the science behind conservation issues and be aware of the complex manner in which conservation issues are communicated across scientists, decision makers, and the public. The class will be divided into four topic sessions:
    (Suresh Andrew Sethi 2018)
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Training Offered

  • 5-day Spatial Capture-Recapture Workshop. Alaska Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Juneau, Alaska. (Angela Fuller August 2018)
  • 3-day Structured Decision Making Workshop of Elk Management in Alberta. Alberta Environment and Parks. Canmore, Alberta. (Angela Fuller August 2018)
  • 2-day Structured Decision Making Workshop. Alberta Environment and Parks. Canmore, Alberta. (Angela Fuller July 2018)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 51

Presentations: 117

 

New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Cornell University
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute