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Graduate students in the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit (TN CFRU) earn either a Master of Science degree in the Department of Biology or a PhD in Environmental Science. Annual stipends for research assistantships are competitive; all tuition and fees are waived. All graduate students must conduct research in addition to completing course work chosen in consultation with an advisory committee. All students in the TN CFRU are supported by research assistantships. Most students assist each other on their projects, thus increasing their research experience and opportunities. All students must deliver at least one seminar at the completion of their research, as well as complete a written thesis and successfully defend it in front of their advisory committee. Students frequently help write a technical final report to fulfill the requirements of the contracts that funded their research. Students usually are expected to give at least one talk about their research at a professional meeting. All students are encouraged to participate in professional societies and university functions.

Courses Taught

  • Reservoir Ecology and Management (Mark Rogers 2019)
  • Malacology Identification, classification, and ecology of freshwater bivalves. (Amanda Rosenberger 2019)
  • Advanced Spatial Ecology, co-instructor Animals are inextricably influenced by the complexity, stochasticity, and juxtaposition of landscape features. More so, the spatial arrangement of these biotic and abiotic features shape the availability of resources and predation risk, which in turn affects individual behavior and space use. This class will introduce students to common concepts in spatial and landscape ecology and demonstrate how to accurately measure spatial metrics at the individual- and landscape-scale. We will cover critical concepts in spatial and landscape ecology including: space use, habitat selection, occupancy, and scale. (Amanda Rosenberger 2019)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 8

Scientific Publications: 34

Presentations: 82


Featured Student

Joshua Cary

Joshua Cary

Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Tennessee Technological University
  2. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey