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Communications and SPC Administrator, Drinking Source Water Protection Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (Ontario)

"Most natural science classes at LSSU offer students as much hands-on experience (lab hours) as lecture hours, which ensures that the university experience prepares us for the real world careers, whether you work at a desk or out in the field, or both. There are endless advantages and opportunities available to LSSU students due to its location on an international border.

I found my career path on campus when my advisor posted a job for the Bi-national Public Advisory Council (BPAC), a group dedicated to and overseeing the clean-up the St. Mary's River. I was able to gain experience and network on both sides of the border, ultimately finding full-time employment before I graduated with my biology degree."

Loralei Premo '07
Biology Major

School of Biological Sciences

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...

Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Lisa researched the use of Pointe aux Chenes beaches in St. Ignace, Mich., as an important stopover site by migratory birds. Her study determined that 34 migratory species used it as a stopover site; 50% were shorebirds and about 24% were ducks. She also found that the loggerhead shrike, an endangered species, use the beaches as a stopover site as well. Her results will help preserve Pointe aux Chenes for the millions of migratory birds.

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