FW 5601 Fisheries Population Analysis. 3 cr.
Introduction to theory/methods for estimating vital statistics of fish populations. Using microcomputers/statistical software to describe, analyze, model attributes of fish populations. Case studies from literature of marine/freshwater fisheries management.
FW 5003 – Human Dimensions of Biological Conservation – 3 cr.
Survey of social, psychological, economic, policy aspects of managing/conserving wildlife, fisheries, and related resources.
FW 5051 -- Analysis of Populations – 3 cr.
This course covers the basics of experimental design and sampling techniques as they relate to fisheries and wildlife conservation. We examine methods for estimating population size, population change, and population vital rates (i.e., components of birth, death, immigration, and emigration rates). It is appropriate for seniors or graduate students in FWCB, EEB, Cons Bio, ESPM and others who have a basic understanding of ecology and statistics. The first hour of each class session will be lecture format and the remainder will involve discussion and/or hands-on problem solving using computer programs.
FW 4401 – Fish Physiology and Behavior – 3 cr.
More than half a billion years after the first fish-like creature impressed itself upon the fossil record, modern fishes are represented by more than 25,000 species that fill almost every aquatic habitat. In Fish Physiology and Behavior, we journey through time and around the world to explore the fascinating array of physiological and behavioral adaptations for life in these aquatic habitats, and how these adaptations govern everything from individual well-being and fitness to species distributions and interactions. The course builds on the understanding of fish biology and physiology that you acquired though FW4136 or a similar course. Specific topics include homeostasis (e.g., osmoregulation, gas exchange), bioenergetics (i.e. growth, feeding), reproduction, movement, and ecotoxicology. Emphasis is on those adaptations and habitats that are relevant to conservation, management, aquaculture, and anthropogenic change (especially in Minnesota). We approach these topics through interactive lectures, readings, case studies, a short review paper, and two exams. This course is required for FWCB students in the Fisheries area of specialization, and can also count towards the American Fisheries Society’s Certified Fisheries Professional designation.
FW 4136 – Ichthyology -- 3 cr.
This course covers the biology and diversity of fishes. Topics covered include evolution, classification, anatomy, locomotion, and behavior. Fishes are a large and diverse group of organisms; therefore these topics will be covered at a general level, focussing in large part on the constraints imposed by the aquatic environment. The laboratory will cover anatomy and diversity of fishes, focussing on the Minnesota fauna. Students will learn the use of dichotomous keys to identify Minnesota fishes and will be expected to learn common and game species by sight. There will be two afternoon field trips during the semester. Assessment is based on 3 lecture exams, 2 lab exams, 1 paper, and participation in lab. Lecture notes and other supplementary material will be available on the web. Students in this class are usually upper level undergraduates or graduate students.
FW 3104 - Skills for Field Techniques in Habitat Assessment, Research, and Conservation - 2 cr.
Students complete a series of online activities that prepare them to use analytical tools (e.g., tools for statistical analysis, GIS/GPS, spatial methodology, advanced lab- and field-based skills). Students demonstrate readiness for fieldwork by conducting an independent, field-focused project. This course is taken concurrently with the field session.
FW 4603 - Preparing Research Proposals for Wildlife Biologists - 1cr.
The course material will focus primarily on how to identify research questions, develop a budget, construct a written proposal, and present the proposal verbally. Students will work in small groups throughout the semester to develop their proposal and will gain skills in peer review and reference management.
FW 4301 - Conservation Genetics - 3 cr.
This course introduces students to fundamental principles of population genetics and molecular phylogenetics and explores their applications to problems in the conservation, management, and restoration of biodiversity.
FW 3925 - Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management - 3 cr.
Human dimensions of fish and wildlife concerns. Theory and methods from social sciences to address challenges and issues of managing fish and wildlife resources. Integrating social science information into fish and wildlife decision-making. Guest lecturers.
FW 3106- Important Plants of Fisheries and Wildlife Habitat – 1 cr.
Students study the field identification of approximately 100+ plant species. They are introduced to plant community concepts and the natural history of selected species. This course strives to teach the special role of many plant species in relation to fulfilling food, cover, nesting, and escape needs.
FW 3108 -- Field Methods in Research and Conservation of Vertebrate Populations – 3 cr.
Planning and implementation of research and management projects, collecting and analyzing data in groups, group and individual oral and written reports; each student keeps a field journal.
FW 4101- Herpetology – 3 cr.
Reptiles/amphibians, their systematics, behavior, ecology, physiology, development, and morphology. Diversity of reptiles/amphibians. Focuses on Minnesota fauna. Lab.
FW 4102 – Principles of Conservation Biology – 3 cr.
Introduction to themes/concepts of diverse, dynamic, and interdisciplinary field. Biological/social underpinnings of conservation problems/solutions.
FW 4103 – Principles of Wildlife Management – 3 cr.
Students are exposed to both basic science and non-science factors that influence the application of science, policy, laws, and social science to the management of wildlife populations and their habitat.
FW 4107 - Principles of Fisheries Science and Management - 3 cr.
This is primarily a lecture-based course that also integrates field trips, group discussions, and activities. We use exams to measure comprehension, and case studies and assignments to encourage practical application.
FW 5121 - Conservation Planning - 3 cr.
This course will present structured approaches to problem-solving and decision-making from a conservation perspective, and students will leave with tools for structuring and solving complex environmental problems.
FW 4001- Biometry – 3 cr.
Basic statistical concepts such as probability, sampling space, and frequency distributions. Descriptive statistics: sample tests, linear regression (simple and multiple), ANOVA, goodness of fit, nonparameteric method and other relevant selected topics (e.g., clustering and classification).
FW 1001 Orientation in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology – 1 cr.
This course is designed for entry level students (e.g., freshmen; transfers) who seek to major in Fisheries and Wildlife. Other students are welcome in the class as well. Opportunities are presented for students to gain knowledge and skills about the major and future employment. Course content includes: overnight weekend field trip to Cloquet Forestry Center; guest speakers representing careers in academic, state, federal and non-profit institutions and agencies.
FW 2001W – Introduction to Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology – 3 cr.
Humans rely on fish and wildlife resources to support a wide range of values. As we make decisions about management of landscapes, we are making decisions about conservation, about the future of our fish and wildlife. This class helps students become more informed citizens by learning about fish, wildlife and other forms of biodiversity, including single species, populations, ecosystem, and landscape approaches. The class is experiential and highly interactive, using decision-case studies to explore current issues.
FW 2003 – Introduction to Marine Biology – 3 cr.
Our planet is nearly three-quarters ocean in which the majority of world's organisms are found in a wide variety of fascinating and complex ecosystems. Understanding these systems is both interesting and critical to the survival of our species. This course provides an introduction to the major themes of life in the oceans including the nature of the oceans and aquatic life, the diversity and ecology of the organisms found in them,, and the effects of marine fishes, marine mammals, and pollution addressed in more detail. Text, reading and movies are employed. The overarching goal of the course is to make you a well-informed global citizen who could take advanced courses in marine biology. Students taking this course are qualified for a 2-credit marine field course in the Bahamas 'marine Biology and Shark Ecology'
FW 5603W –- Habitats and Regulation of Wildlife – 3 cr.
This course will give students hands-on experience with the quantitative analysis of wildlife-habitat relationships. The course material will include a large quantitative component; however, only a basic understanding of statistical and ecological principles is required, as is a general familiarity with the natural history and ecology of terrestrial vertebrates. Students will complete two major lab projects during the semester. For the first lab, groups of 3-4 students will design and conduct a wildlife habitat survey. For the second lab, groups will work with animal relocation data in a GIS environment to develop statistical descriptions of wildlife-habitat relationships. In addition to the lab projects, students will work in small groups throughout the semester to develop a research proposal suitable for submission to a graduate fellowship competition. Students taking this course will: (1) read and interpret primary scientific literature; (2) collect field data from which they will create GIS layers of wildlife habitat; (3) quantify spatial patterns of habitat components; (4) quantify patterns of animal habitat use; and (5) communicate their findings in both written and presentation formats. By the end of the course students will understand how to develop and interpret basic statistical models that provide insight into wildlife-habitat relationships, while also understanding the limitations of those models.
FW 5604W – Fisheries Ecology and Management – 3 cr.
This is a senior-level major and introductory graduate course; a background in resource ecology is assumed. The course provides a basic coverage of fisheries, ecology and management, with an emphasis on human intervention and regulation of use to achieve management objectives for managed species of interest. We will cover the tools of fisheries management that may be implemented to achieve specific objectives and goals and how to assess their efficacy. The course starts with a general coverage of applied limnology and fish ecology, followed by management approaches and planning, the development of an information base and identification of problems. Approaches to manage fishery populations and habitats will then be covered along with methods to assess management outcomes. Applications to specific fisheries will be demonstrated. A series of homework tasks and problems will be used to develop real-world problem solving skills; problem sets and readings from the primary literature will be discussed in periodic sessions. A paper, that outlines and critiques current management of specific fisheries resource and proposes new strategies, is required; the first draft will be graded and returned for final revision.