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"LSSU has a great reputation for placing students in graduate and professional schools. Many of my classmates from LSSU are now pursuing graduate and professional studies at some of the finest universities in Canada and the United States."

"The student-faculty interaction and the ability to conduct research at the undergraduate level really helped me to achieve success in a competitive graduate program. My professors at LSSU were always interested in helping us succeed."

Luke Ferra of Sault Ste. Marie graduated from LSSU in 2006 with a degree in biology and is now working toward a master's degree in epidemiology at University of Western Ontario in London. He plans to continue his studies in the medical sciences.

Luke Fera '06
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Programs > Conservation Biology

The Conservation Biology program prepares students for careers where they can make a contribution to mitigating wide-ranging challenges such as invasive species, altered landscapes, species extinctions, or the restoration of degraded aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Our selection of rigorous field based courses in watersheds, soils, forestry, ecology (general, fish, wildlife or plant), and organisms (mammalogy, ornithology, ichthyology, or entomology) offers an unparalleled set of foundational courses in the natural sciences. Combining this coursework with interdisciplinary courses in social dimensions, political science, sociology, business/economics, communication and GIS technology adds the breadth needed to integrate biological, economic, and policy issues in the formulation of sustainable solutions. Electives allow students to tailor the program to their interests and sustainable solutions. Electives allow students to tailor the program to their interests and career goals. Students may choose as a capstone experience a summer semester internship working in a professional capacity in conservation biology, or a senior thesis research project. Students will be prepared for careers or for graduate work in conservation biology or a broad range of related areas.

Career Options
  • Conservation Biologist/Scientist
  • Fish or Wildlife Biologist
  • Freshwater or Marine Biologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Field Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Restoration Ecologist
  • Wildlife Refuge Manager
  • Endangered species/Non-game biologist
  • Naturalist or Interpreter
  • Environmental educator or outreach coordinator
Internships

Jon Throop"The Conservation Biology program has provided me
the basic skills, background knowledge and the application of natural resources management in various biological fields. Through the internship option of the program I'm able to work at the Grand Travers Regional Land Conservancy protecting the resoureces that brough me to LSSU in the first place."

-Jon Throop

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Undergraduate Research

Andrew TruaxAndrew Truax ('11) is completing his senior thesis assessing the distribution of aquatic invasive species (rusty crayfish, zebra mussels, and quagga mussels) in the St. Marys River. Along with his field work, he is conducting an economic survey of Chippewa County residents that will enable him to determine how willing the local community is to pay for management and prevention of aquatic invasive species in the river.

Conservation Biology in Action

Dr. Greg ZimmermanEach year the Chippewa/East Mackinac Conservation District awards the Earth Steward Award in recognition of a local person's or group's contribution to advancing conservation in the district. This year's (2011) award went to Dr. Gregory Zimmerman in recognition of his and his students work on researching the potential for using reed canary grass, an invasive species abundant in the EUP, as stock for pellet fuel. Zimmerman and his students have demonstrated that reed canary grass can be made into pellets that perform comparably to wood pellets when burned in a multi-fuel pellet stove (i.e., capable of handling high ash content fuels) and that sufficient stock of reed canary grass exists to be a feasible source of fuel. Follow-up research is underway to examine the economic cost/benefit of the production process.

 

Student Research...

John Leech Macomb, MI

John studied ways to get biology into the classroom. Leech and Pickford Area Schools successfully developed a camp to spark an interest in Michigan's natural resources and promote outdoor education in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The six-week ecology camp was for third, fourth, and fifth graders. Kids learned dip netting techniques, predator/prey relationships, and insect identification.

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