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Prior to my time at Lake State, my professors rarely learned students' names and my classes often felt impersonal. I didn't realize how important that faculty interaction could be until I spent a few weeks here. The personal attention is motivating, often pushing me to work harder than I would have otherwise.

Fisheries & Wildlife '10

School of Biological Sciences

Programs > Fisheries & Wildlife Management

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The Fisheries & Wildlife Management program places a strong emphasis on understanding relationships between organisms and their habitats by blending a conceptual understanding of fish and wildlife ecology and population dynamics with practical skills obtained during laboratory and field exercises. Students graduating from this rigorous, applied curriculum can enjoy careers with natural resource management agencies as technicians or biologists.

LSSU has three options for students with an interest in the management or research of fish and wildlife resources.

Separate concentrations in Fisheries Management or Wildlife Management are designed for those students that have a specific interest in either field. These concentrations provide both breadth and depth in your area of interest while still allowing room for several elective courses. If your interests are broader, or you want to increase the types of jobs you may qualify for, the combined Fisheries & Willdife Management option is recommended. This choice offers greater breadth but with fewer opportunities for elective courses.

Regardless of which option you select, we encourage you to seek out seasonal job opportunities and to consider continuiung your education at the graduate level.  Relavent work experience and/or a Masters Degree will significantly enhance your resume in an historically competitive job market.

You might also be interested in our Fish Health, Conservation Biology, or Conservation Leadership programs.

Awards

The LSSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club was awarded the "2009 Student Sub-Unit of the Year" from the national American Fisheries Society. This award recognizes outstanding professionalism, active resource protection and enhancement programs, and commitment to the mission of the American Fisheries Society.

"This is the first time an all undergraduate program has received this award," said Professor Ashley Moerke Ph.D.

Career Options
  • State Natural Resource Agencies
  • Federal Natural Resource Agencies
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Private Consultancies
  • Graduate School
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Ben Turschak"As a transfer student, I couldn't believe the number of hands-on experiences I've received at Lake State. During the three years I spent at a larger state university, I never had the opportunity to participate in an outdoor lab. Within a couple of weeks at Lake State, I was taking trips with my lab groups and collecting data from local lakes, streams and forests. Not only were these lab experiences more enjoyable, they gave me the opportunity to use techniques and equipment that are used by professionals in the field.”

-Ben Turschak ‘10

 

Investigat- ing the Use of QPCR: An Early Detection Method for Toxic Cyano- bacterial Bloom

Garrett Aderman

Harmful algal blooms (HABs), including cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CHABs), are a global phenomenon. In the US, annual economic loss due to HABs was recently estimated at $82 million. Furthermore, the consensus amongst the scientific community is that the frequency and duration of CHABs in freshwater systems will increase as a result of climate change and anthropogenic nutrient enrichment. Due to the ability of some strains of CHAB genera to produce toxic compounds, larger and more sustained CHAB events will become an even greater threat to drinking water. Of all the known cyantoxoins, one of the most ubiquitous is microcystin (MCY). Humans are primarily exposed to cyantoxins through drinking water consumption and accidental ingestion of recreational water. The increasing risk presented by these toxins requires health officials and utilities to improve their ability to track the occurrence and relative toxicity. Current tracking methods do not distinguish between toxic and non-toxic strains. Biochemical techniques for analyzing the toxins are showing considerable potential as they are relatively simple to run and low cost. My goal was to develop a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) method to measure the amount of mcyE gene in a Lake Erie drinking water and compare the levels of the mcyE to toxin produced. This is the first step to determining if the presence of mcyE of the mycrocystin synthestase gene cluster in Microcystits, Planktothrix and Anabaena cells can be used as the quantitative measurement in an early detection warning system for recreational and drinking waters.

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