FW 551 will provide a non-mathematical introduction to the design of research studies used in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology. Fundamental concepts about sampling studies, controlled experiments quasi-experiments, monitoring studies, observational studies, and the associated philosophies of science will be covered.
This course can be applied toward:
STAT 301 (Introduction to Statistical Methods) or STAT 307/ERHS 307 (Introduction to Biostatistics).
Textbooks and Materials
- Wildlife Study Design, 2nd Ed. (2008)
Morrison, M.L. Block, W.M., Strickland, M.D., Collier, B.A., Peterson, M.J.
Not available at the CSU Bookstore
Text is available directly from Springer.com, other online book sellers, and may be available for free or reduced-cost download from the CSU Library, once registered.
Kyle Christianson is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. His graduate research applies an interdisciplinary approach to understand the effects of climate change on high elevation lake ecosystems. He integrates climate science, watershed hydrology, physical limnology and ecology, while using innovative statistical methods to model future change.
Brian Wolff is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University, working with Dr. William Clements and Dr. Edward Hall. He focuses primarily on the effects of historical mining activities on aquatic macroinvertebrate and microbial communities of the Upper Arkansas River, near Leadville, Colorado. Brian has extensive experience performing analyses on a variety of different projects including: effects of metals exposure on stream food webs, mercury dynamics of Colorado reservoirs, and microchemical laser ablation of fish otoliths and fin rays.