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Teaching

Until 2008 I taught a graduate course entitled "Adaptive Management of Renewable Resource Systems" in the fall semester of odd-numbered years. During my time  as Department Chairperson, I will not be teaching the course, but hope to resume teaching it when my administrative appointment ends. The course introduces students to the challenge of dealing with uncertainty when managing fish and wildlife resources. We examine the literature on this subject, with emphasis on adaptive management and decision analysis. We learn about basic quantitative techniques of modeling and risk assessment. And we work together on a realistic case study, wherein we aim to apply what we have learned from the readings, discussion and computer assignments. If you're interested in finding out more about the course, see the syllabus and outline for the most recent offering of FW854 (fall 2007).

In the five offerings of the course completed so far, we have examined waterfowl management in the prairie pothole region of North America, walleye management in Lake Erie, wildlife and fishery conflicts with forestry and tourism in the Pacific northwest, an ecosystem management scenario from the southern Rocky Mountains, and a similar scenario for the southeastern United States.

During my years as Department Chairperson I have been co-teaching an undergraduate seminar class (FW 293) where we bring all of our FW undergraduates together to learn about professionalism and other important "soft skills" that will better prepare them for life as a Fisheries and Wildlife professional. Having an opportunity to engage with all of the students in our major has been great fun for me.

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