Biology 433: Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation (Spring 2007)

 

Dr. Samantha Wisely                                                    Dr. Keith Gido

111 Bushnell Hall                                                          208 Bushnell Hall

phone: 532-0978                                                          phone: 532-5088 (office)

email: wisely@ksu.edu                                                  532-6616 (lab)

web page: www.ksu.edu/wiselylab/                               email: kgido@ksu.edu

web page: www.ksu.edu/fishecology/

 

 

Lecture: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:30 – 1:20, AK120

Office hours: by appointment                

Course info is posted on K-State Online

 

Objectives
This class is designed as an introduction to wildlife and fisheries biology. Topics will include the history of wildlife and fisheries conservation and management, principals of ecology, habitat ecology, habitat management techniques, and animal management techniques. Guest lectures will provide information on the variety of careers available in wildlife and fisheries.  

Textbook

Leopold, Aldo. 1966. A Sand County Almanac. Oxford University Press.

Academic Misconduct

By registration in this course, all students agree to abide by the Undergraduate Honor System at Kansas State University: "On my honor, as a student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work.”  Violation of this Honor Pledge is a serious offense and will result in a grade of XF for this course.  An F would be failure in the course with the X indicating failure as a result of academic dishonesty.   For more information on the Honor Pledge and examples of what constitutes academic dishonesty, consult the Honor System web page at http://www.ksu.edu/honor.

 

Self-guided field trips (200 points total)

You will be required to participate in two self-guided field trips that will take place on or near campus. Explicit directions for getting there, making observations and collecting data will be provided. You will submit a write-up after each project (100 points each).

 

Exams (400 points)  - There will be three exams during the semester (100 points each) and a final exam (100 points).  Dr. Wisely will administer two exams on Wildlife Biology and Dr. Gido will administer 2 exams on Fisheries Biology. You will not be tested on Wildlife Biology in the second half of the semester.

 

 

Required reading – (100 points in Quizzes)
You will be responsible for reading A Sand County Almanac with Essays on Conservation from Round River by Aldo Leopold.  You will be tested on information on this book during scheduled quizzes.

 

Total Points – A total of 700 points are available for this class.

 

 

Lecture schedule

Lectures are subject to change as guest lecturers are scheduled.

 

Date

Day

Lecture

Quiz Content

Instructor

 

Jan 12

 

F

Introduction/History of Management

 

Wisely

 

Jan 15

 

M

Martin Luther King Holiday

No class!

 

 

 

Jan 17

W

Wildlife and Fisheries Legislation

 

Wisely

 

Jan 19

F

Natural Resource Ethics

Quiz 1: Jan-Mar

Wisely

 

Jan 22

 

M

Principles of Ecology

 

Wisely

 

Jan 24

W

Landscape Ecology

 

Wisely

 

Jan 26

F

Population Ecology

Quiz 2: Apr-Jun

Wisely

 

Jan 29

 

M

Guest lecture: Role of non-profit organizations in conservation

 

 

 

Jan 31

W

Conservation Genetics

 

Wisely

 

Feb 2

F

Molecular Ecology

 

Wisely

 

Feb 5

 

M

Exam 1

 

 

 

Feb 7

W

Disease Ecology

 

Barton

 

Feb 9

F

Natural History of Paraguay

Quiz 3: Jul-Aug

Campos

 

Feb 12

 

M

Physiological Ecology

 

Wisely

 

Feb 14

W

Physiological Ecology

 

Wisely

 

Feb 16

F

TBA

Quiz 4: Sep-Oct

Wisely

 

Feb 19

 

M

TBA

 

 

Wisely

 

Feb 21

W

TBA

 

 

 

Feb 23

F

TBA

 

Wisely

 

Feb 26

 

M

Conservation of the black-footed ferret

 

Wisely

 

Feb 28

W

Exam 2

 

 

 

Mar 2

F

Prepare for field exercise

Quiz 5: Nov-Dec

Wisely

 

Mar 5

 

M

Field exercise

 

 

 

Mar 7

W

Discuss field exercise

 

Wisely