My principal teaching responsibilities include:
· WFSc 445/545: Population Ecology. Joint graduate and undergraduate course. Explore the ecological and anthropogenic processes that influence the distribution, dynamics, and demography of animal populations; develop competency in contemporary methods of population ecology, with an emphasis on strategies to estimate population attributes reliably; evaluate the strengths and limitations of models used to describe, conserve, and manage animal populations.
· WFSc 595C: Wildlife Habitat Analysis. Graduate course. The habitat concept underlies many activities involved in the conservation, management, and study of wild animals. Understanding what habitat means and how animals select habitats is, therefore, critical to the study of wildlife ecology. One goal for the course is to provide a conceptual foundation of habitat. Therefore, we focus initially on how animals select habitat and explore animal behavior, the cues used by animals in habitat selection, and theoretical models of habitat selection. Next, we evaluate related topics including habitat quality, habitat sources, and population sinks. A second goal is to introduce statistical tools to evaluate habitat use by animals, which governs species’ distributions (i.e., the patterns created by the behavior of habitat selection). A third goal is to provide an overview of how animal populations are regulated. There are several schools of thought on this topic, but it remains controversial and no single explanation is universally accepted. We explore different ideas about regulation, including how the behaviors associated with habitat selection may be associated with the process.