Course Catalog Information
Fisheries And Wildlife (F_W)
Fisheries And Wildlife
Techniques for Fisheries Management and Conservation - Writing Intensive
Introduction to techniques (field and analytical/quantitative) used by fisheries and conservation biologists. Fosters understanding of techniques uses, advantages, limitations biases, and data interpretation. Extended weekly field outings require chest waders and life jackets. Graded on A-F basis only.
Lecture/Standard with Laboratory & Discussion
BIO_SC 3650 and STAT 2530 or NAT_R 3110 and F_W 2700 or F_W 4300.
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Writing Intensive Course Information
This lecture/field/lab course introduces students to techniques used by aquatic biologists sampling, data collection, data analysis, interpretation, write-up and to issues pertinent to management and conservation decision-making. READINGS: Murphy Willis, Fisheries Techniques. EXAMS: Three in-class tests. ASSIGNMENTS: Five 10-pg. reports, two of which are revised from field labs. One two-page analysis from stream lab. Several in-class handouts from mini-presentations. One two-page literature summary natural history report. Two-page natural history literature summary. Five one-page mini-presentation handouts. Two-page stream survey report.
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In this lecture/field-based course, students will sample aquatic environments, collect and analyze data, and write professional reports following the style of the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society (TAFS). Students will write five IMRD reports, each of which will be about 10 pages. Reports #2 and 4 will be revised. Report #1: Population Composition/Characteristics Report #2: Population Size Report #3: Water Quality and Habitat Report #4: Age and Growth Report #5: Diet and Prey Base
Length of assignment:
Writing Intensive Teaching
Instructor provided feedback
Oral presentation by student, followed by feedback
The discussion sections of each report require students to evaluate their findings in light of the biology/ecology of the system, in light of the methodologies employed, and in light of management practices. Specific questions are identified in the ‘Main Themes' part of each report. For example, the first report asks students to evaluate the pros/cons of different methodologies (seining, bottom-setting/sinking, gill netting, trap netting, backpack electroshocking, and boat electroshocking) on the basis of bias, selectivity, vulnerability, and effectiveness. The interpretation of data is something which reasonable people might disagree upon.
Less writing is done in the first third of the semester. However, reports are spaced evenly throughout the second two-thirds of the semester roughly every two weeks.
TA has already taken the course thus, the TA is intimately acquainted with the course, expectations, procedures, etc.