Wildlife Resources Courses
Kerry Paul Reese, Dept. Head, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Sciences (104 CNR Bldg. 83844-1136; phone 208/885-6434).
Prerequisite: Courses in this subject field that are numbered above 299 are not open to undergraduate students on academic probation.
WLF 102 The Fish and Wildlife Professions (1 cr)
See Fish 102.
WLF 200 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
WLF 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
WLF 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
WLF 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
WLF 314 Wildlife Ecology I (3 cr)
Ecology and natural history of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. (Fall only)
WLF 315 Wildlife Ecology I Laboratory (1 cr)
Techniques associated with wildlife research and local habitats and areas where wildlife species are present. Three hours of lab a week. One weekend field trip required. Two additional animal trapping sessions also required. (Fall only)
Prereq or Coreq: WLF 314
WLF 316 Wildlife Ecology II (4 cr)
Application of principles of ecology to conservation and management of wildlife in natural and altered habitats. Three lec and one lab a wk; three days of field trips. (Spring only)
WLF 396 Wilderness Research Internship (3 cr)
Nine-week summer internship at UI Wilderness Field Station, located at Taylor Ranch in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness of central Idaho; research honorarium awarded; lodging and transportation to field station provided. Enrollment limited to 2-3 students based on available funding; competitive selection process by faculty committee based on research proposal, GPA, and resume. (Summer only)
Prereq: Junior standing
WLF 398 (s) Renewable Natural Resources Internship (cr arr)
Supervised field experience with an appropriate public or private agency. Reqd for cooperative education students. Graded P/F.
Prereq: Permission of department
WLF 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
WLF 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
WLF 415 Wildlife Conclave (1 cr)
Objectives of the course are to 1) acquaint students with the procedures and rules used in the Wildlife Quiz Bowl at the Western Students Wildlife Conclave held annually in March, 2) practice in game situations so that our team is competitive at the event, and 3) to learn practical facts and trivia about wildlife natural history, identification, history of wildlife management and laws, wildlife ecology and management, and related natural resource sciences. The course meets twice a week from the beginning of spring semester until spring break (when Conclave is held). Students are assigned areas to study, have quizzes on those areas of knowledge and provide new written questions with answers for possible use in future classes.
WLF J416/J516 Molecular Methods in Population Biology (1 cr)
Introductory workshop on basic procedures in molecular biology that have applications in ecology and evolutionary biology. Course includes DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, simple recombinant DNA procedures, DNA sequencing, and data analysis. Graduate level will require independent study project. Recommended preparation: Introductory level genetics, general and organic chemistry courses. (Fall only)
WLF 440 Conservation Biology (3 cr)
Patterns of biological diversity; factors producing changes in diversity; values of diversity; management principles applied to small populations, protected areas, landscape linkages, biotic integrity, restoration, legal issues, and funding sources. (Fall only)
WLF 448 Fish and Wildlife Population Ecology (4 cr)
Dynamics of animal populations resulting from balance between birth, death, and movement processes; quantitative methods for measuring distribution, abundance, survival and population growth; competition, predation, and self-regulation; viability and management of fish and wildlife populations. Three lec and one lab a wk. (Fall only)
WLF 482 Ornithology (4 cr)
Evolution, systematics, distribution, identification, and biology of birds, including current conservation efforts. Requires two days of field trips. (Spring only)
Prereq: Biol 213
WLF 483 Senior Project Presentation (1 cr)
See For 483.
WLF 485 Ecology and Conservation Biology Senior Project (1-3 cr, max 3)
Same as CSS/Fish/For/REM 485. Scholarly work; learning objectives include development and formal proposal of a specific project and conducting the project or research with the guidance of a faculty mentor.
WLF 492 Wildlife Management (4 cr)
Review of social and biological context for current practice of wildlife management. Three lec and one lab a wk; two days of field trips. (Spring only)
WLF 495 (s) Wildlife Seminar (1-2 cr)
Discuss integrating biological, social, political, economic, and philosophic aspects of wildlife problems. (Fall only)
Prereq: Senior standing
WLF 497 Senior Thesis (1-3 cr, max 6)
Preparation of thesis, exhibition, video, computer program, multimedia program, or other creative presentation based on research conducted under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Prereq: Cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 in all college courses, completion of at least 90 credits, and permission of a faculty mentor
WLF 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
For the individual student; conferences, library, field, or lab work.
Prereq: Senior standing, GPA 2.5, and Permission
WLF 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)
WLF 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
Major philosophy, management, and research problems of wildlands; presentation of individual studies on assigned topics. Graded P (pass)/F (fail).
WLF 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
WLF 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)
Selected topics in the conservation and management of natural resources.
WLF 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
WLF 516 Molecular Methods in Population Biology (1 cr)
See WLF J416/J516.
WLF 540 Conservation Genetics (3 cr)
Same as For 540. Basic principles of population genetics and phylogenetics and their applications to the field of conservation genetics and natural resource management; case studies and examples from current literature; topics include genetic diversity, inbreeding, population structure, gene flow, genetic drift, molecular phylogenetics, and hybridization. (Fall, Alt/yrs)
WLF 541 Advanced Population Biology (3 cr)
Readings and discussion of current theories of population control, their biological basis, and applications to animal populations. (Fall, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: WLF 448 or Permission
WLF 543 Fish and Wildlife Population Analysis (4 cr)
Quantitative analysis of fish and wildlife habitat, diet, harvest, population density, survival, and natality data; development and application of population models in fish and wildlife management. Three lec and 3 hrs of lab a wk. (Fall, Alt/yrs)
WLF 545 Wildlife Habitat Ecology (2-3 cr)
Reading and discussion on habitat concepts, analyses, and applications. Students enrolled in the 3rd credit will complete additional readings and quantitative problem sets. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.
Prereq: WLF 492 or Permission, animal and plant ecology
WLF 549 Conservation Genetics Lab (1 cr)
Same as For 542. This optional lab course is a complement to WLF540 Conservation genetics and should be taken concurrently. Students will learn to analyze and interpret phylogenetic and population datasets using a variety of software packages. Students will also design and implement a lab for their classmates. (Fall, alt/even yrs)
WLF 552 Ecological Modeling (3 cr)
Linear and nonlinear dynamical models of biological systems; computer-intensive introduction to concepts of stability, attractors, bifurcations, chaos; model identification, estimation, and evaluation; applications in aquatic and terrestrial ecological communities. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
WLF 555 Statistical Ecology (3 cr)
Same as Stat 555. Stochastic models in ecological work; discrete and continuous statistical distributions, birth-death processes, diffusion processes; applications in population dynamics, population genetics, ecological sampling, spatial analysis, and conservation biology. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 451 or Permission
WLF 561 Landscape Genetics (2 cr)
Landscape genetics is an interdisciplinary field of study that evaluates how landscape and environmental features influence gene flow, population structure and local adaptation by integrating landscape ecology, population genetics and spatial statistics. This course covers applications of landscape genetics that can improve our understanding of ecology, evolution, and management of wild populations. Recommended Preparation: Population genetics or conservation genetics, and multivariate or spatial statistics. (Spring, alt/even yrs)
WLF 562 Landscape Genetics Lab (1-2 cr)
This optional lab course is a complement to WLF561 Landscape genetics and should be taken concurrently. Students will learn to analyze and interpret landscape genetic datasets using a variety of methods. If taken for two credits, students will do a project analyzing landscape genetic data. Recommended Preparation: Population genetics or conservation genetics, and multivariate or spatial statistics. (Spring, alt/even yrs)
Coreq: WLF 561
WLF 597 (s) Practicum (cr arr)
WLF 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)
WLF 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)
Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.
WLF 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)
Prereq: Admission to the doctoral program in "natural resources" and Permission of department