Teaching

Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Colloquium
WIS 2920 (1 Credit)

Course Description: In this course, we will examine wildlife ecology and conservation as a major and career (for majors/minors only).

Course Goal: Our goal for this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully navigate the major while at the University, develop career appropriate skills, and explore career options upon completion of your degree program – we want you to think about your education and career!

Course syllabus: WIS 2920 [PDF]

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.

Course syllabus: WIS 3401 [PDF] WIS 6934 [PDF]

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.

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.

Large Mammal 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.

Upland 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.

Ecology & Conservation of Wildlife in the Tropics: Belize