I employ a scientific approach to teaching in that my teaching style, course content, and pedagogy are based on the current scientific research in education. I'm dedicated to not only teaching the necessary content, but also encouraging the development of my students’ critical thinking and professional skills. After many discussions with agency professionals, I understand that the skills students are most commonly lacking when they graduate from a wildlife program are critical thinking, writing, and statistics. As such, we spend a large amount of class time to develop these skills.
FNR 34800 - Wildlife Investigational Techniques
This course is an introduction to current wildlife research techniques that are used in managing populations and habitats. Students participate in weekly laboratory and field exercises and both gather and analyze data. Basic data analysis and written dissemination of results are emphasized. This course provides hands-on experience in navigation, determining the age and sex of wildlife, chemical immobilization, live-trapping, habitat surveys, herpetofauna and bird survey methods, camera trapping, and radio telemetry.
FNR 34100 - Wildlife Habitat Management
This course explores the principles, practices, and justification of wildlife habitat management. Management techniques and principles will be explored as well as how these practices may impact wildlife populations. Students work in small groups to develop a management plan for a species or group of species for two properties owned and managed by FNR and located in Tippecanoe County.