Wildlife - WLF

WLF F101 Survey of Wildlife Science

1.5 Credits
Offered Fall

An introduction to wildlife biology for conservation and management. Lectures will describe the research of local wildlife biologists and the programs of management agencies. Weekend field trips will be used to introduce practical problems and approaches in wildlife science. (1+0+1.5)

WLF F301 Design of Wildlife Studies

3 Credits
Offered Spring terms.

Design of wildlife studies. Study designs for wildlife populations and their habitats. Probability theory, finite population sampling, capture-mark-recapture sampling and research design will be examined through lectures, labs and a term project. Prerequisites or Co-requisites: WLF F101, MATH F107X or MATH F161X, or permission of the instructor. Recommended: STAT F200X or F300. (2+3)

WLF F304 Wildlife Internships

1-3 Credits


Practical experience in wildlife management in public or private agencies. Projects are approved by faculty member and supervised by professional agency staff. May not be substituted for courses required for major. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-3+0)

WLF F305 Wildlife Diseases

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Basic concepts of parasitic, infectious, environmental and nutritional diseases. Specific study of Alaska wildlife diseases. Basic necropsy technique and chemical immobilization. Prerequisites: BIOL F115X and BIOL F116X or equivalent; or permission of instructor. Recommended: BIOL F310; BIOL F317. (2+3)

WLF F322 W Principles and Techniques of Wildlife Management

3 Credits
Offered Spring

This course applies ecology to the study and management of animals and their habitats. We will discuss management for consumptive and non- consumptive uses of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BIOL F371; WLF F101; ENGL 111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X. (2+3)

WLF F410 Wildlife Populations and Their Management

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Characteristics and ecology of wildlife populations and the knowledge necessary for their wise management. Measures of abundance, dispersal, fecundity and mortality, population modeling, competition and predation, and the management of rare species and their habitats. Prerequisites: BIOL F371; calculus course; introductory STAT course; BIOL F471. (2+3)

WLF F421 Ecology and Management of Large Mammals

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Identification, taxonomy, distribution, life history and ecology of North American large mammals. Exploration of roles of reproduction, predation, nutrition, habitat alteration and competition in population dynamics of large mammals, and management practices designed for conservation of habitats and populations. Prerequisites: BIOL F371; WLF F322 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

WLF F425 O Ecology and Management of Birds

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Ecology of avian populations with a focus on harvest and habitat management for North American birds. Distributions, life-history, population dynamics, and monitoring and research techniques will be considered. Prerequisites: BIOL F371; COMM F131X or COMM F141X; WLF F322O; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

WLF F433 Conservation Genetics

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Concepts of population genetics, phylogenetics, pedigree analysis, systematics and taxonomy as they apply to conservation of species. Evaluating the impact of small population size, population fragmentation, inbreeding, hybridization, taxonomic uncertainties and other factors on viability and management of species. Prerequisites: BIOL F371 and BIOL F260 or equivalents; or permission of instructor. Recommended: BIOL/NRM F277. Cross-listed with BIOL F433. (3+0)

WLF F460 O/2 Wildlife Nutrition

4 Credits
Offered Fall

The energy nutrient requirements of vertebrate animals in relation to the ecology, physiology and life history. Concepts and techniques used by wildlife biologists to understand relationships between wild animals and their habitats. Techniques for constructing energy and nutrient budgets of wild animals and applications of these budgets to population level processes and habitat management. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; BIOL F271; BIOL F310; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIOL F459. (3+3)

WLF F469 O Landscape Ecology and Wildlife Habitat

3 Credits
Offered Spring

A problem-based learning and critical thinking approach to modern methods in landscape ecology, including geographic information systems, remote sensing, modeling, software, and the Internet. Graduate students are expected to help undergraduates with problems and questions. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BIOL F371 or equivalent; COMM F131X or COMM F141X. Cross-listed with BIOL F469. (2+3)

WLF F485 Global Change Biology (a)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Contemporary science and policy concerns of global change that involve biological processes. Includes structural and functional responses and sensitivities of biological processes to environmental changes (such as climate and human uses of land and biological resources); implications of biological responses to global change for conservation and management of biological resources; and the social and economic consequences of biological responses to global change. Prerequisites: BIOL F371; CHEM F105X; CHEM F106X. Cross-listed with BIOL F485. (3+0)

WLF F602 Research Design

3 Credits
Offered Fall

An introduction to the philosophy, performance and evaluation of hypothetical/deductive research in the biological sciences, with emphasis on hypothesis formulation and testing. Each student will develop a research proposal. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIOL F602. (3+0)

WLF F604 Scientific Writing, Editing and Revising in the Biological Sciences

3 Credits
Offered Spring

For students who are ready to produce a manuscript or thesis chapter. Topics include the publishing process (e.g., the role of editors and reviewers), preparing to write (selecting a journal, authorship), the components of the scientific paper, revising and editing manuscripts, and responding to reviews. Students will produce a complete manuscript. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Biology, Wildlife, or related discipline and permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIOL F604. (3+0)

WLF F614 Foraging Ecology

2 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

The dynamics of herbivory, emphasizing the foraging process and including mechanisms of feeding, feeding behavior, habitat and plant selection, physiological influences on feeding, plant and community level responses, plant defenses against herbivory and management of plant-herbivore systems. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with BIOL F614. (2+0)

WLF F622 Current Issues in Conservation Biology

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Critical discussion of contemporary issues concerning extinction patterns, population viability and the preservation, design and management of habitats for populations/species of concern. Stresses integration of principles and policies into strategies for biological conservation. Prerequisites: BIOL F471 or WLF F410; graduate standing; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIOL F622. (3+0)

WLF F625 Population Dynamics of Vertebrates

4 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Sampling vertebrate populations, modeling their population dynamics and the implications for management. Focus will be on study design, model assumptions, estimation of population parameters, and population projections. State-of-the-art computer applications will be employed in laboratory exercises of actual and simulated data. Prerequisites: BIOL F271; STAT F401. Cross-listed with FISH F625. (3+3)

WLF F633 Conservation Genetics

4 Credits
Offered Spring

Concepts of population genetics, phylogenetics, pedigree analysis, systematics and taxonomy as they apply to conservation of species. Evaluating the impact of small population size, population fragmentation, inbreeding, hybridization, taxonomic uncertainties and other factors on viability and management of species. Prerequisites: BIOL F271 and BIOL F362 or equivalents or permission of instructor. Recommended: BIOL/NRM F277. Cross-listed with BIOL F633. (3+3)

WLF F660 Wildlife Nutrition

4 Credits
Offered Fall

The energy nutrient requirements of vertebrate animals in relation to their ecology, physiology and life history. Concepts and techniques used by wildlife biologists to understand relationships between wild animals and their habitats. Techniques for constructing energy and nutrient budgets of wild animals and applications of these budgets to population level processes and habitat management. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BIOL F271; BIOL F310; graduate standing; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIOL F659. (3+3)

WLF F669 Landscape Ecology and Wildlife Habitat

3 Credits
Offered Spring

A problem-based learning and critical thinking approach to modern methods in landscape ecology, including geographic information systems, remote sensing, modeling, software, and the Internet. Graduate students are expected to help undergraduates with problems and questions. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Cross-listed with BIOL F669. (2+3)

WLF F680 Data Analysis in Biology

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Biological applications of nonparametric statistics, including tests based on binomial and Poisson distributions, analysis of two-way and multiway contingency tables, and tests based on ranks; multivariate statistics, including principal component analysis, ordination techniques, cluster and discriminate analysis; and time-series analyses. Introduction to the use of the computer and use of statistical packages. Each student will analyze a data set appropriate to the student's research interests. Prerequisites: STAT F200X, STAT F401; graduate standing in a biologically oriented field; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIOL F680. (2+3)

WLF F692 Graduate Seminar

1-6 Credits


Topics in fish and wildlife management explored through readings, talks, group discussions and guest speakers with a high level of student participation. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (0+0+1-6)