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Amanda is currently working to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Where she is studying the behavior of fossil birds as interpreted through their footprints and other traces. Amanda recently traveled to South Korea to study Early Cretaceous bird tracks and has published two papers on fossil bird tracks, one in the journal Palaios and one in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology. Next, she will study Early Cretaceous fossil birds and bird tracks in China.

"My experience at Lake State, preparing an Undergraduate Thesis and seeing the project through definitely helped prepare me for graduate school. The interaction between the professors and the students at Lake State is far more similar to the interaction between a graduate student and their graduate advisor than the typical undergraduate student / undergraduate advisor rapport; it's much more personalized. It definitely helped prepare me for grad school."

Amanda Falk '07
Biology, minor in Chemistry

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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

 

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Lansing, Michigan

Greg looked at whether stocked walleye could be hurting the yellow perch population in Waiska Bay near Brimley, Michigan. He used computer simulations to model how many fish the walleye consume each year. McClure concludes that walleye do have an impact on the yellow perch population, which warrants a need for further research.

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