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Wildlife Ecology and Management
WIS 3401 & WIS 6934 (3 Credits)

Taught Fall & Spring Semesters

Course Description: In this course, we will examine wildlife as a natural resource, with emphasis on principles of conservation, ecology, and management.  The course has three integrated sections: the first part deals primarily with historical and contemporary human dimensions of wildlife ecology and management; we then move into understanding the applied aspects of ecological principles that are the foundation for wildlife management; and then examine the management of wildlife in different contexts.
Course Goal: Our goal for this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to think and solve-problems as a professional wildlife ecologist and manager.  This will be demonstrated through an understanding of basic principles of wildlife ecology and management and the application of knowledge to solve wildlife conservation problems. 

Wildlife Habitat Management
WIS 4427C & WIS 6934 (3 credits)

Taught Spring Semester

Course Description: In this course, we will examine the application of land management practices and their effects on wildlife and habitats in Florida and elsewhere.  The course has three integrated sections: the first part deals primarily with developing the foundational knowledge of habitat ecology and the basics of habitat management; we the move into understanding and skill development related to habitat management tools; and then examine the implementation and effects of habitat management practices used to create, restore, enhance, and maintain various habitats and ecosystems.
Course Goal: Our goal in this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to think and solve-problems as a professional wildlife habitat manager.  This will be demonstrated through an understanding of basic principles of wildlife habitat management and the application of knowledge to solve wildlife habitat-related problems. 

Ecology & Conservation of Wildlife in the Tropics: Belize
WIS 4905 & WIS 6905 (3 credits)

Taught Spring Semester

Course Description: In this course, students will actively experience wildlife, habitats, peoples, and conservation issues, solutions, practices, and practitioners in the tropics, with Belize as a case study.  Belize has a wide variety of unique wildlife found in diverse habitats, including montane and lowland pine and broad-leaved forests (including “rainforest”), savannah, shrubland, fresh and saltwater wetlands, and coastal, marine (including reefs), lacustrine, riverine, and subterranean systems.  Wildlife and habitats in these areas compete with many land-uses such as ecotourism, production of forest crops, agriculture, and others that have the potential to both positively and negatively affect them.  Many of these areas fall under some form of protection, with Belize having a greater proportion of its area under some form of protection and conservation management than any other country, and employing a variety of unique conservation strategies.  Belize also has a diverse assemblage of peoples whose history and culture often influence wildlife, habitats, and conservation.  These include Maya, Garifuna, Creole, Mennonites, and others.  By experiencing these areas and peoples, students will receive a focused understanding of wildlife ecology and conservation in the tropics, and have the opportunity to contribute to the conservation of a key reserve in Belize.
Course Goal: Our goal in this course is to provide students with an understanding of wildlife ecology and conservation in the tropics, so they will be able to 1) explain wildlife ecology, habitat, and conservation terms as they relate to the tropics of Belize, 2) compare and contrast wildlife ecology, habitat, and conservation principles and practices as they relate to the tropics of Belize, and 3) develop management programs for wildlife in the tropics of Belize.

Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Internships in Belize
WIS 4905 & WIS 6905 (3+ credits)

Taught spring, summer, & Fall semesters

Course Description: In this course, you will work as a wildlife ecology and conservation intern in Belize.  Individual internship topics include animal husbandry, environmental education, and wildlife ecology & conservation, and acceptance in the internships is competitive.  Participation in individual internship programs require a minimum 3 week commitment, and several consecutive internships can be completed.  Interns will receive 1 course credit for each week of internship completed.  Internships can we worked around the Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Study Abroad course in Belize.
Course Goal: Our goal in this course is to provide you with the opportunity to gain practical experience working as a wildlife ecologist and conservationist in Belize.  This will be achieved by working with natural resource government organizations and NGOs in Belize, including but not limited to the Belize Zoo, Belize Audubon Society, Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and Belize Ministry of Natural Resources.

Quantitative Wildlife Ecology
WIS 4601C (3 Credits)

Taught Spring Semester

Course Description: Concepts and applications of quantitative techniques in ecology and wildlife management.
Course Goal: The goal of this course is to provide students with the training and experience necessary to think and solve quantitative problems as a professional wildlife ecologist—this will be demonstrated through an understanding of quantitative wildlife ecology principles and practices, and the application of knowledge to solve wildlife problems.

Wildlife Ecology
WIS 6452 (3 Credits)

Taught Spring Semester (even-numbered years)

Course Description: Emphasis on population processes of wildlife resources in subtropical and temperate ecosystems, and on policy processes governing management structure; experimental testing of community interaction; emphasis on application of theory to management.
Course Goal: The goal of this course is to get students thinking like a professional wildlife ecologist and manager—this will be demonstrated through an understanding of basic principles of wildlife ecology and management and the application of knowledge to solve wildlife conservation problems.

Wildlife and Agriculture
WIS 6934 (3 Credits)

Taught Spring Semester (odd-numbered years)

Course Description: Ecology and management of wildlife in farm and range lands; historical and contemporary effects of agricultural land-uses on wildlife; laws, policies, and programs effecting wildlife in agricultural systems; and methods of integrating wildlife and agriculture. 
Course Objective: The goal of this course is to provide students with the understanding, training, and experience necessary to think and solve problems as a professional wildlife ecologist and manager working in agricultural systems. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to explain and provide examples of why agricultural lands are important to wildlife conservation; describe examples of methods used to integrate wildlife management and agriculture; develop and evaluate plans to integrate wildlife management and agriculture in real world settings; and analyze, synthesize, and assemble data and apply knowledge of wildlife management and agriculture to solve emerging problems and address obstacles to integrating wildlife management and agriculture.

Big Game Ecology and Management
WIS 4934 & 6934 (3 Credits)

Course Description: Status, ecology, management, and conservation issues of North American big game; emphasis on application of theory to management.
Course Objective: The goal of this course is to get students thinking like a professional wildlife ecologist and manager—this will be demonstrated through an understanding of basic principles of big game ecology and management and the application of knowledge to solve conservation problems.

Game Bird Ecology and Management
WIS 4934 & 6934 (3 Credits)

Course Description: Status, ecology, management, and conservation issues of North American game birds; emphasis on application of theory to management.
Course Objective: The goal of this course is to get students thinking like a professional wildlife ecologist and manager—this will be demonstrated through an understanding of basic principles of game bird ecology and management and the application of knowledge to solve conservation problems.

 
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