FW 551 - Design of Fish and Wildlife Studies

  • 3 credits

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).

Important Information

Registration is restricted to FWCB Plan C Masters students until July 1. Any seats remaining in the course will be available to non-Plan C students at that time.

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.


Dr. T. Luke George


I am a Senior Research Associate at Colorado State University and an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Wildlife at Humboldt State University (HSU). I was a professor at HSU from 1991-2011 where I taught a variety of courses at HSU including Population Ecology, Conservation Biology, Parameter Estimation, Ornithology, ANOVA and Experimental Design, and Introduction to Wildlife Management. My research has focused on songbird ecology, demography, habitat selection, and conservation but I have worked on a variety of species including Greater Sage-grouse, Golden Eagles, Northern Spotted Owls, and small mammals. I am currently is working with scientists at USGS to develop a Rapid Ecoregional Assessment of the Wyoming Basin and with faculty at CSU to review and possibly revise the subsistence harvest migratory bird survey in Alaska. Other projects include examining the effects of West Nile virus on the survival of landbirds across the US, estimating the abundance of golden eagles in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan area, examining factors influencing the survival of broad-tailed hummingbirds in Rocky Mountain National Park, and estimating the abundance of corvids in old-growth redwood forests in northern California. From 2011-2014 I was a member of the Independent Science Review Panel that reviewed the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

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