Natural Resources (NRES) 871, Quantitative Fish Techniques
This course provides information necessary to address scientific and management questions. It is designed to increase students' understanding of current fishery assessment practices. Emphasis is placed on quantitative assessments of populations (e.g., recruitment, growth, and mortality), communities (predator-prey interactions) and ecosystems (biostressors). At the completion of this course, students should be able to apply current quantitative methods used in fishery data analysis, effectively communicate statistical ideas, and critique scientific studies in particular, be able to identify strengths and weaknesses of statistical assessments. Prerequisites: STAT 218 or equivalent; NRES 463/863 or equivalent; BIOS/NRES 489/889 or equivalent. Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Natural Resources (NRES) 965, Managed Aquatic Systems
Anthropogenic disturbances are common place in inland waters of developed and developing countries. This course is designed to increase students' understanding of ecological processes that occur in regulated river basins and associated problems or opportunities that arise with fishery management. The focus is primarily on fishes and understanding how structure, process and function of aquatic systems are influenced by human activities. Topics covered include continuum concept, Thorton's reservoir continuum model, nutrient cycling, population dynamics, biotic interactions and river-reservoir interfaces. A unique aspect of this course is the presence of both professors in the classroom; that is, this course is truly team-taught, providing students the formal opportunity to interact with two faculty members that have differing experiences and sometimes differing opinions. Prerequisites: NRES 463/863 or equivalent; BIOS/NRES 489/889 or equivalent; and permission.