Undergraduate courses

Quantitative Wildlife Ecology - Many ecological, management, and conservation needs for animal populations are related to assessing questions related to “how many, how much, where, and when”. The goal of this course is to provide students with the motivation and training to assess these questions as commonly encountered by natural resource professionals. Upon completing this course, students will be able to formulate hypotheses related to individuals, populations or communities of animals, design studies to test these hypotheses, and analyze actual data sets from different field settings, and present scientific findings following the guidelines for scientific report writing. I am currently co-teaching this class with Bill Pine. I will be teaching it again in the Spring of 2019.

Wildlife Population Ecology - I will teach this class in the Fall 2019.

Graduate courses

Occupandy Modeling: (WIS 6934/3326 will meet Fridays period 7) Occupancy models are becoming popular in wildlife ecology and conservation. In this one-credit seminar, we will discuss the 15 “classic” papers on occupancy modeling. Starting with the basic single-season model all the way to more complex models at the community level. Although the course will not be applied, it will be a good opportunity to dig deep into the conceptual and statistical background behind these really cool models!

Quantitative Analysis of Wildlife Populations: New class coming in the Spring of 2020. The patterns that give rise to observed ecological phenomena have their roots in complex inter-connected processes at multiple levels of organization. Quantitative methods are useful to explain and predict these processes due to their ability to synthesize complex processes with a small number of parameters and assumptions. Moreover, most theoretical and applied questions in wildlife ecology and conservation are answered quantifying abundances, or parameters such as survival, occupancy, probability of colonization or extinction, breeding probability, movements, disease state etc. In this course, students will learn the theory and application of quantitative methods to estimate these quantities and quantify related uncertainty. In the first five weeks of class, we will discuss the basics of modeling in wildlife ecology and conservation. The idea is to build a strong foundation before we go into the details of various methods later in the semester. I am currently developing this class so input is highly appreciated. Although we will be exploring mathematical concepts, we will make a strong effort to present the topics in an informal non-intimidating way. We will create an environment where students and learn and inquire at their own pace.