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WFS 408: Mammalogy (Spring, Undergraduate, 3 credits)

This course covers the taxonomy, global biodiversity, behavior, ecology, and conservation and management of mammals.

WFS 408: Mammalogy Lab (Spring, Undergraduate, 2 credits)

This course covers field methods for mammalian research and the identification of Pennsylvania mammals to species or genus.

WFS 340: Statistics for Conservation of Wild Populations (Fall, Undergraduate, 3 credits)

This course covers methods for estimating animal abundance, survival, occupancy, and habitat use, and testing hypotheses about individual, temporal, and spatial variation. We discuss study design, implementation, and interpretation. Students gain experience using R and MARK.

WFS/SOILS/FOR 597: Statistical Thinking for Ecologists (Fall, Graduate, 3 credits)

This course develops a fundamental and intuitive understanding of statistical models used in ecology. We build up from introductory statistical concepts (summary statistics, hypothesis testing, linear regression) to advanced concepts (generalized linear/additive models, hierarchical and mixed-models, spatio-temporal models) by discussing the underlying connections between models. We will discuss how a statistical analysis relates to a research objective, model assumptions, how to evaluate and select among models, and how to interpret statistical results in an ecological context.