School of Forest Resources & Conservation


SFRC Graduate Courses

FAS Courses
FNR Courses
FOR Courses
PCB Courses
SUR Courses

FAS Courses

FAS 5203C Biology of Fishes

Syllabus

-0ffered fall of odd years
-4 credits
-Prereq: BSC 2011/2011L or consent of instructor.
-Emphasizes trends in evolution, integrative and sensory biology, physiology, feeding ecology, reproduction, growth, and population dynamics as they relate to fisheries. Offered fall term in odd-numbered years.

FAS 5276C Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms

Syllabus

-offered summer A of odd years
-4 credits
-Prereq: FAS 4305C or consent of instructor

-Understanding principles of fish and shellfish ecology through field studies. Intensive study in lakes, rivers, and coastal marshes to gain understanding of how fish and shellfish interact with their environment. Requires extensive field trips. Offered summer term.

FAS 5335C Applied Fisheries Statistics

Syllabus

-offered fall of even years
-4 credits
-Prereq: FAS 5276C or consent of instructor

-Population sampling and estimation, statistical assumptions and robustness, mark-recapture, growth, and empirical modeling of populations. Offered fall term in even-numbered years.

FAS 5901 Scientific Thinking in Ecology

Syllabus

-offered every fall
-2 credits

-General philosophical foundations of science and specific critiques and perspectives found in ecology and aquatic sciences. Offered fall term.

FAS 6154 Aquatic Invertebrate Ecological Physiology

Syllabus-Aquatic Invertebrate Ecological Physiology

-offered fall of odd years
-3 credits
-Prereq: undergraduate course in animal physiology
-Biochemical, physiological, behavioral, and ecological adaptations that allow animals to survive in particular environments.

FAS 6171 Applied Phycology

-offered fall of even years
-3 credits
-Prereq: undergraduate chemistry or biochemistry
-Ecology, management, use, and control of freshwater and marine algae and aquatic microorganisms. Overview of associated products, processes, and problems and economic implications. Offered fall term in even-numbered years.

FAS 6337C Fish Population Dynamics

-offered fall of odd years
-4 credits
-Prereq: STA 6166.
-Analyzing fish populations for management purposes. Methods for estimating population parameters such as growth, recruitment, and mortality. Using population parameters and computer models to predict yield and catch composition, and bioenergetics approaches for fisheries management problems.

FAS 6355C Fisheries Management

Syllabus

-offered every fall
-4 credits
-
Integrating scientific, social, political, and legal factors in fisheries management. Offered fall term in odd-numbered years.

FAS 6905 Individual Study

-credits: 1-6; max: 10
-Contemporary problem or topic. H.

FAS 6905 Individual Study- Zooplankton Ecology

-offered spring semester with instructors consent
-1 to 2 Credits
- Pre-requisite: formal coursework in ecology and one year of statistics

-This graduate level individual study course will provide a student with practical knowledge and skills regarding sampling and analysis of zooplankton population and community structure, biomass and productivity, as well as an understanding of the classical and contemporary research in zooplankton ecology. The student will demonstrate competency in using these new skills and knowledge by analyzing a complex zooplankton dataset, developing testable hypotheses, and writing an original research proposal framed in the context of current theory regarding freshwater zooplankton.

FAS 6910 Supervised Research

-credits: 1-5; max: 5
- S/U

FAS 6932 Special Topics in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

-credits: 1-4; max: 10
-
Fisheries biology, aquaculture, and associated aquatic sciences

FAS 6932 Stream Fish Biology

-offered spring of even years
-4 Credits
-Prereq: instructor consent
-In this course students will become familiar with stream and river ecosystems and the important roles of these ecosystems across the landscape.  They will examine the physical, biological, and ecological principles that structure lotic ecosystems with particular attention to assessing human impacts on stream and river ecosystemsCourse syllabus and general information

FAS 6932 Marine Ecological Processes

Syllabus

-offered spring of odd years
-3 Credits
-Prereq: instructor consent
-This course is intended to provide students with a broad overview of ecological processes operating in estuarine, near shore coastal and open ocean systems.  Initially, students are introduced to important primary producers and secondary consumers in each of these systems.  Insights into physiological and population levels of organization build on these basics.  Environmental factors that influence species-specific and population level interactions are discussed subsequently as a transition to the concepts of community organization.  The major chemical cycles in marine systems (e.g., carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus) are then discussed.  All of this material forms a foundation for explaining how the structure and function of communities are maintained over different scales in both time and space.

FAS 6932 Fish and Limnology

Syllabus

-offered spring of every year
-3 Credits
-no prereq
-This course provides students with a basic understanding of fishery and limnological science.  Knowledge will be gained through classroom lectures and hands-on experience with a broad array of methods used in fishery science. Research methods will include not only field and laboratory techniques, but also the procedures and formats for data analysis and formulation of management practices for aquatic resources. Fishery science encompasses a variety of scientific disciplines including physics, chemistry, and biology. Specific items that will be address in this course include:  (1) structure and function of aquatic habitats, (2) limnological laboratory and field procedures, (3) fish sampling and study methods, (4) analysis and reporting of limnological and fishery data, and (5) an overview of some important Florida aquatic resource issues.(Course is co-taught with FAS4305C)

FAS 6932 Fish and Water Quality

-offered fall of odd years
-3 Credits
-prereq: instructor consent
-This course discusses International, Federal, and State of Florida water quality standards and how each standard affects fish. Students learn the facts behind the establishment of each standard, sources of the materials and the interactions between various water chemistry parameters that occur in a lake or body of water. This course uses the Canadian Guide to Water Quality as the primary reference source and relates Canadian standards to USEPA and Florida standards and guidelines. The course is a discussion class graded on the S/U basis.

FAS 6932 Fisheries Enhancement

Syllabus

-offered Summer A annually
-2 credits
-prereq: instructor consent
-Fisheries enhancements are a set of fisheries management approaches involving the release of cultured organisms to enhance or restore fisheries. The course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required for assessing where and when enhancements can contribute to fisheries management goals, and for developing and managing such initiatives effectively.
Throughout the course, students apply concepts and methods to an enhancement fishery case study of their choice and present results of their assessments orally and in writing

FAS 6932 Introduction to Fish and Shellfish Histological Interpretation

This class introduces graduate students to the basic histology of fish, bivalves, and shrimp, and demonstrates some common histopathology associated with these organisms.  We are using the hybrid striped bass, pinfish, and common carp as our fish models, but other species will be included as needed

FAS 6932 Conservation Genetics

-offered spring of odd years
-2 credits
-prereq: undergraduate courses in genetics and evolution
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This course provides students with a basic understanding of population genetic processes and focuses on the use and application of genetic methods in wildlife/fisheries management and species recovery. The course will be based in part on lectures, focusing on reviewing the basics of population genetics. Students will also present assigned papers and leading class discussions on particular topics. Major objectives are to: review aspects of population genetics as they apply to conservation/management; discuss the relative importance of genetics in conservation, with respect to the maintenance of evolutionary potential, avoidance of inbreeding; review methodologies for characterizing genetic diversity; and valuate the role of genetics in developing conservation strategies

FAS 6932 Invasion Ecology of Aquatic Animals

-offered spring of even years
-3 Credits
-prereq: instructor consent
-This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the field of invasion ecology and will emphasize aspects related to aquatic animals. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and invited expert speakers, students will be presented the ecological concepts and debates underlying this developing field; the biology and life history of nonnative aquatic animals, including characteristics of successful invaders (emphasis on Florida); risk analysis methodology; and the conservation and regulatory implications of nonnative aquatic species

FAS 6932 Ecological Statistics and Design

-offered fall of even years
-3 Credits
-prereq: STA 6166 or FAS 5335C or instructor consent
-This course gives students experience in real-world sampling design and data analyses.  At its core, this is a statistics class and much of the focus is on specialized statistical design and analysis approaches that are frequently used in forestry, fisheries, and wildlife research.  Topics include applied regression, mixed models, ANCOVA, and repeated-measures analysis.  Additionally, analysis tools including a variety of resampling methods, non-linear modeling, indices assessment, and capture-recapture methods will be explored.  Each topic is complimented by both a lab exercise analyzing data sets and a weekly discussion focused on classic and contemporary analysis issues in ecological statistics.  This class is unique in that it is team taught by faculty from FAS, FOR, and IFAS-Stat with each faculty member bringing a unique perspective to the course.

FAS 6932 Fisheries Ecology and Management

-offered fall of even years
-4 Credits
-prereq: FAS 6337C or instructor consent
-This course is an advanced graduate course on fisheries stock assessment and management.  This course focuses on modern stock assessment models and why these methods work, why they sometimes fail, and how they can be improved and used in evaluating fisheries management decisions.  Students construct a variety of stock-assessment models and evaluate the performance of these models using both simulated and real data from a variety of global fisheries. Course Description and General Information

FAS 6932 Spatial Ecology and Modeling

Syllabus

- Offered as block scheduled course Summer 2012
- 2 Credits
- Prereq: None, though knowledge of ArcGIS and ecological modeling in R helpful

Theoretical models, GIS-based methods, spatially explicit matrix population models, movement models, statistical approaches, and stock assessment models to trace the effects of habitat quality, environmental restoration and spatial behavior of fish populations.

FAS 6933 Seminar

-1 Credit; max: 3
-S/U

FAS 6935 Contemporary Problems in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

-2 credits; max: 10
-Prereq: graduate student standing.
-Library research, oral reports, and discussions of scientific problems or topics announced in advance. Offered fall and spring terms.

FAS 6940 Supervised Teaching

-credits: 1-5; max: 5 
-
S/U

FAS 6971 Research for Master's Thesis

-credits: 1-15
-S/U

FAS 7979 Advanced Research

-credits: 1-12
-Research for doctoral students before admission to candidacy. Designed for students with a master's degree in the field of study or for students who have been admitted to a doctoral program. Not appropriate for students who have been admitted to candidacy. S/U.

FAS 7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation

-credits 1-15
-S/U

 

FNR Courses Back to Top
FNR5072C Environmental Education Program Development
- offered as requested
- 3 credits
- No prerequisites
- Comprehensive approach, from needs assessment to evaluation, applied to youth-based, nonformal environmental education.  Required field trip and group project.

FNR5335 Agroforestry

Syllabus


- offered every spring semester
- 3 credits
- No prerequisites
- Biological, ecological, socio-economic, and technical / managerial aspects of tree / crop, tree / animal, and tree / crop / animal systems.  Examples of traditional and modern, rotational and intercropped systems, and analysis of their structure, functioning, and potentials, with special reference to the tropics and sub-tropics.

FNR5608 Research Planning

Syllabus

- offered every fall semester
- 3 credits
- Requires consent of instructor
- Required for all new MS students.  History and philosophy of science, scientific method, development of a research proposal.  Research facilities and programs are presented.

 

FOR courses Back to Top
FOR5157 Ecosystem Restoration Principles and Practice
- 3 credits
- History, structure, importance, ecology, restoration and management techniques, ownership patterns and policy implications.

FOR5159 Ecology and Restoration of Longleaf Pine Ecosystems

Syllabus

- 3 credits
- Prereq: an ecology course
- History, structure, importance, ecology, restoration and management techniques, ownership patterns and policy implications.

FOR5161 Forest Productivity and Health
- offered spring of even years
- 3 credits
- Requires consent of instructor
- Silviculture, disease management, and genetic improvement.  Stand development and composition, growth limiting factors, epidemiology, choice of species and provenance, and tree breeding.
FOR5435 Forest Information Systems
- offered spring of even years
- 3 credits
- Requires consent of instructor
- Role of reliable information in forest resources managemen.  Important sources of information.  Cost-effective solution: precision vs. cost.  Sampling methodology.  Forestry applications of remote sensing, geographic information systems, and global positioning system.  Database management systems.  Information sharing and dissemination through internet / world wide web.
FOR5615 Forest Conservation and Management Policies and Issues
- offered every fall
- 3 credits
- No prerequisites
- Current policies in both North America and internationally.  Historical patterns of resource use and policy response reviewed as basis for evaluation current issues.
FOR5625 Forest Water Resources Management
- offered spring of even years
- 3 credits
- Requires SOS3022
- Forest managment practices in relation to hydrologic responses and water quality considerations.

FOR5626 Forest Resource Management

Syllabus

- offered fall of odd years
- 3 credits
- Requires consent of instructor
- Application of operations research and forest economics and finance to problems; harvest scheduling; forest manipulation for multiple objectives; economic decision making.

FOR5756 Non-Timber Forest Products
-offered as requested
-3 credits
- Intensive review of non-timber forest products worldwide, and how forests are managed to provide these products.

FOR6005 Conservation Behavior

Syllabus

-offered as requested
-3 credits
- Methods for changing behavior in various groups to improve environmental sustainability.

FOR6154 Analysis of Forest Ecosystems
- offered spring of even years
- 3 credits
- Requires graduate status or consent of instructor
- Energy, water, carbon and nutrient fluxes in forests; applications to forest and landscape management.

FOR6156 Simulation Analysis of Forest Ecosystems

Syllabus

- offered every spring semester
- 3 credits
- Requires basic knowledge of Ecology, and the ability to use Algebra
- Conceptual basis, evaluation, implementation, testing, and analysis of forest tree simulation models.

FOR6164C Silviculture: Concepts and Applcation
- offered every spring
- 3 credits
- Requires graduate status or consent of instructor
- Promotes understanding of principles governing establishment, treatment, and control of forest stands; regeneration systems; intermediate cuttings; intensive cultural practices; land use ethics; and management systems.
FOR6170 Tropical Forestry
- offered every spring
- 3 credits
- Requires consent of instructor
- Climatic influences, forest types, natural forest and plantation management, policies, practices, and conservation.
FOR6310 Forest Genetics and Tree Improvement
- offered as requested
- 3 credits
- No prerequisites
- Review of mendelian, poulation, and quantitative genetics as important in natural forests and breeding programs of forest trees.  Principles of tree improvement programs, gene conservation, and breeding strategy development for wide variety of tree species.
FOR6340 Physiology of Forest Trees
- offered Spring of odd years
- 3 credits
- Requires graduate status or consent of instructor
- Growth and development of woody perennial plants with emphasis on understanding how environmental factors affect their physiology.
FOR6345 Plant Water Relations Methods

Syllabus

- offered Spring of even years
- 2 credits
- Requires consent of instructor
-This two credit course will focus on instruments and techniques used to quantify water balance and status in plants in the field. Emphasis will be placed on the theory, assumptions, advantages and shortcomings of various measurement techniques. Course activities will include discussions, laboratory exercises, problem sets, and a final term paper or comprehensive exam.

FOR6543 Valuation of Forest Resource
- offered spring of odd years
- 3 credits
- Requires consent of instructor
- Extension of microeconomic principles to problems in forest production, supply behavior, forest valuation, and multiple-use of forest lands.

FOR6628 Community Forest Management
-offered every fall
-3 credits
-This course integrated theory from the socio-economic and bio-physical sciences with the on-the-ground realities in implementing community –based forest management and conservation.

FOR6665 Landscape Planning for Ecotourism
- offered every fall
- 3 credits
- No prerequisites
- Discussion of the history of nature-based recreation, the principles behind ecotourism, examples of international ecotourism offerings, and procedures for integrating ecotourism into a management plan.
FOR6905 Research Problems in Forest Resources & Conservation
- offered every semester
- 1 to 6 credits (maximum of 10)
- Requires permission of instructor
FOR6910 Supervised Research
- offered every semester
- 1 to 5 credits (maximum of 10)
- Requires permission of instructor
- S/U graded

FOR6933 Seminar

Syllabus

- offered every fall and spring
- 1 credit (maximum of 2)
- Weekly seminar on various issues and topics in natural resource management, including internal and external research projects.  S/U or standard graded.

FOR6934 Fire Ecology and Management

Syllabus

- offered every spring
- 3 credits
- Requiresgraduate status
- Focus on fire behavior, issues involving role of fire in resource management, fire ecology – plant, animal and human responses.

FOR6934 Topics in Forest Resources and Conservation

Syllabus- Watershed Management and Restoration
Syllabus- Ecohydrology

Syllabus-Ecology and Restoration of Invaded Ecosystems
Syllabus-Natural Resource Policy & Economics
Syllabus-Forest Mensuration

- offered at instructor's discretion
- 1 to 4 credits (maximum of 10)
- Requires FY classification
- Selected topics in forestry and natural resource management

FOR6940 Supervised Teaching
- offered every semester
- 1 to 5 credits (maximum of 5)
- Requires permission of instructor
- S/U graded
FOR6971 - Research for Master's Thesis
- offered every semester
- 1 to 15 credits
- Requires FY classification
- S/U graded
FOR7979 Advanced Research
- offered every semester
- 1 to 12 credits
- Requires FY classification
- Research for doctoral students before admission to candidacy.  Designed for students with a master's degree in the field of study who have been accepted for a doctoral program.  Not open to students who have been admitted to candidacy.  S/U graded
FOR7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
- offered every semester
- 1 to 15 credits
- Requires FY classification
- S/U graded

 

PCB courses Back to Top

 

PCB5530 Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology
-offered every fall
-3 credits
-undergraduate molecular biology and biochemistry course.
-Integrated overview of the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms enabling plant growth, development, and function.

PCB6528 Plant Molecular Biology
- offered spring of even years
- 3 credits
- Requires BCH6415 and PCB5065 (or equivalents)
- Structure, function, and analysis of plant genomes, genes, and gene products.  Lecture format with frequent discussion of recent papers.  Genome structure, transformation, gene tagging, transcription, signal transduction, organelles, protein trafficking.
PCB6555 Introduction to Quantitative Genetics
- offered spring of odd years
- 3 credits
- Requires STA6166
- Intended for students of all disciplines who are interested in genetic principles and biometric evaluation of characters that exhibit continuous variation in natural populations or breeding programs.

 

SUR courses Back to Top
SUR5365 Digital Mapping
- offered fall of even years
- 3 credits
- Requires consent of instructor
- Methods of digital representation of maps, coordinate development, digitizing, stereocompilation, scanning, remote sensing, hardware and software systems, file conversion, integration into GIS, and attribute development.
SUR5385 Remote Sensing Applications
- offered
- 3 credits
- Requires consent of instructor
- Review of remote sensing systems, image classification methods, mapping applications, integration of remotely sensed data into GIS, application of data for variety of spatial information systems.
SUR5391C Geomatics: Spatial Foundations of GIS
- offered
- 3 credits
- Requires consent of instructor
- Basic concepts and principles behind quality control of spatial measurements underlying GIS, as well as measurement technologies such as GPS.
SUR5425 Cadastral Information Systems
- offered
- 3 credits
- Requires consent of instructor
- Methods of cadastral mapping for tax and/or GIS applications; interpretation of deed and survey information, the sectional survey system, conflict resolution, and cadastral information.
SUR5525 Least Squares Adjusted Computations
- offered
- 3 credits
- Requires computer programming proficiency and consent of instructor
- Implementation of least squares solutions for survey-mapping and GIS applications, time and storage optimization; error analysis, initial approximation generation; robust estimations; and computer programming.

SUR5625 Geographic Information Systems Analysis

Syllabus

- offered
- 3 credits
- Requires introductory GIS course
- Analytical tools such as software grid modules, database query, map algebra, and distance operations; analytical operations such as database query, derivative mapping, and process modeling; sources and nature of uncertainty and error, and project planning management.

SUR6375 Terrain Analysis and Mapping
- offered
- 3 credits
- Requires consent of instructor
- Digital and visual methods, interprative techniques to identify landforms, soils, and potential site analysis problems from aerial photography and digital maps.
SUR6395 Topics in GIS
- offered at instructor's discretion
- 3 credits (6 max)
- Requires consent of instructor
- Database development, economic impact of GIS, development of standards, integration of data sets, hardware and software developments, advances in GIS technology, etc.
SUR6427 Land Tenure and Administration
- offered
- 3 credits
- Requires SUR5425 or consent of instructor
- Issues and problems, and design of projects to address these problems in developing countries.
SUR6535 GPS-INS Integration
- offered every spring
- 3 credits
- Prerequisites - solid mathematics background especially vector calculus and matrix algebra
- Principles of inertial navigation and its integration with GPS; coordinate frames, modeling linear motion and rotational motion, mechanization of inertial navigation sensor measurements, space state representation of system errors and linear state equations.

SUR6905 Research Problems in Geomatics
- offered every semester
- 1 to 6 credits (maximum of 10)
- Requires permission of instructor
- Individual study of a selected topic in Geomatics as contracted with the instructor at the start of the term.

SUR6934 Topics in Geomatics
- offered at instructor's discretion
- 1 to 4 credits (maximum of 10)
- Selected topics in Geomatics that address specific issues and/or in-depth study of topics not covered in other courses.

 
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