The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the principles of conducting sound scientific research in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology. Major concepts that we will cover include the philosophy and history of science, application of the scientific method in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology research (from asking good questions to designing experiments to address those questions), and data collection & analysis.
On texts, authors Gotelli & Ellison are also knows as "G&E on the schedule.
Discussion papers, lab documents, and other readings: are provided as PDFs on our Canvas page
Textbook and Materials
- How To Do Ecology, 2nd Ed. (2017)
Karban R., M. Huntzinger, and I.S. Pearse
Not available at the CSU Bookstore
Kathryn P. Huyvaert
Dr. Kate Huyvaert joined the Faculty at CSU in 2007. Research questions that she investigates are typically about population- or individual-level problems in ecology. The primary research focus in Dr. Huyvaert's lab is in wildlife disease ecology and she and her students apply both field and laboratory techniques to questions about pathogens and parasites that affect host populations of wild animals, especially birds. In addition to research in disease ecology, Kate works on projects that focus on the behavioral ecology and conservation of threatened and endangered species, particularly seabirds. In addition to courses in wildlife disease ecology, Kate teaches courses in project design and natural resource measurements in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.