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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

February 22, 2011 4 comments

Welcome. Are you considering continuing your education? Are you looking for courses in natural resources, forestry, fisheries, or wildlife? Then you’ve come to the right place.

As a college graduate in wildlife, I want to make sure that I’m constantly improving myself or reinforcing the skills that I have. In personal searches, I’ve found that either the price or scheduling of courses at universities are too much for me or I’m not able to pick everything up and travel to a state that has a course I’m interested in for an entire semester. In my review of potential courses I’ve found that the intensity of coursework (such as GIS) may not be something I want to pursue online thus making distance learning less of an option.

However, I’ve learned not to fret.

There are courses available to students, professors and career professionals that are set up to that are more flexible, shorter, costs less, provides housing (some), provides networking opportunities, and delivers to you the same amount of information as a semester at a university.

Of course each option (university vs. field courses) have their pros and cons. However, it is up to you to determine which course of action is best for you and your career objectives. Just know if you’re trying to make a decision about a course, you’ll have to decide quickly because seats are often limited.

So sit back and relax. As courses arise I’ll detail them on this blog along with university options in respective posts. As a collective whole you can review course availability via a calendar created just for field courses.

 

Arkansas Wildlife Programs

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

The last months of the year are the times when high school students and undergraduate seniors are considering either pursuing higher education or entering the work force for some time. The decision of where you will go to school is difficult (unless you’re following family tradition) and can make a difference in who you meet plus your experiences for the next few years of your life. Furthermore, deciding what you will major in can be another obstacle. If you’re considering an environmental major the schools available to you changes greatly compared to if you are interested in majoring in business.

If you’re still in the throws of determining which school is right for you (or which have environmental majors) then I’ve recorded here all the schools in Arkansas which have majors in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, and environmental sciences. Finding information shouldn’t be difficult especially if you’re flexible and don’t mind being from Maine and attending school in California. Other states which have been completed are Alabama and Alaska that you may be interested in reviewing. The abbreviation list for understanding which degrees are available as either an undergraduate or graduate student has also been updated.

Initial credit for this information is given to the Wildlife Society. I’ve edited it to also reflect schools which have clubs for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. I plan to revisit these schools at a later time to share those which also have the professional organizations of the Society of American Forester’s and the American Fisheries Society. Being involved while your in school can assist you in developing skills (not just leadership skills) that you will utilize when you graduate from college.

So if you’re thinking about pursuing a major in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, environmental science or related sciences stay tuned for the next states who have environmentally based majors.

Alaska Universities and Colleges with Wildlife Programs

October 18, 2010 2 comments

Hey there. I’ve just completed all of the Alaska Universities and Colleges which have environmentally based programs. There aren’t many schools but the programs undoubtedly are among the best in the nation especially for marine based studies. It is that time of year again where students should be searching for and applying to colleges. So if you’re interested in careers in the outdoors keep following along with this blog as I post each state up. Hopefully I can get to more states quickly however the process is time consuming. This is especially so because I want to do my best to make sure that I’ve included every updated major and contact information.

I’ve also created the abbreviation list for the degree programs. I’ll be sure to update it as I meander through the states and record their degree information.  So if you’re interested in forestry, natural resources, wildlife, fisheries or any of the other related sciences don’t hesitate to check out the states here,  and for Alabama. I actually have Arizona and Arkansas as well but it was completed back in April or so. I plan to update it but if you don’t want to wait till then check it out here as well.

So if you’re a high school student and you’re wondering “What should I major in?” or “What are some outdoor majors?” take a peek. You’ll learn something.

Wildlife Word of the Day 10-3-2010

October 3, 2010 Leave a comment

The first wildlife word ever for this blog will be presented today. The reason why I chose this word was so that I can use it as the foundation for all the terms that will come after. I don’t know a lot about this word outside of its definition however that’s the point of choosing it as the foundation: to learn more by correcting any misunderstandings and reinforcing established knowledge.

Ready?

Ecosystem Management. This term reflects my current philosophy about wildlife management. I don’t believe this approach should be universal but in an increasingly fragmented world understanding how to manage entire ecosystems  for multiple species – many which are endangered – is imperative.

The only material that I have within my grasp which defines ecosystem management is the Wildlife Society’s text “Techniques for Wildlife Investigations and Management”.

Ecosystem Management is a concept for conservation of forest wildlife because it is concerned with more than a single species and addresses a range of spatial scales from the individual forest stands to landscapes. It views a forest as an interactive systems of plants, animals, soil, water and climate. Ecosystem management applied to forests also includes consideration of values such as safeguarding its biodiversity and ecological sustainability.”

By far, I am a big picture type of person. I don’t want to know just a portion of a story; I have to have everything. Ecosystem management helps me take on that big picture. With nature it is not just wildlife, insects, vegetation or soils that professionals interact with. Our biggest subject are people who affect management from the North to the South Pole (Ice + Climate change = Problems for Emperor Penguins).

It is because of the human factor that I have a high interest in human dimensions of wildlife management. Conflict with wildlife is inevitable but our realization that eradicating wildlife to further our own existence is a crazed ideal at best. The ramifications would be far too disastrous.

So with every new word I intend to define the word and explain its importance to ecosystem management. I intend to use texts that I own and the internet as much as possible to find new revelations of this term. I hope that you enjoy this journey with me as much as I will. Feel free to recommend readings; I enjoy a good read.

Alabama Colleges/Universities

September 26, 2010 2 comments

Hi!

I completed Alabama today for schools that have environmentally based programs/majors like wildlife, forestry, fisheries etc. I’m pretty frustrated right now because I couldn’t figure out to get Google Documents to work like I did earlier this year with the layout of the sheet. I’ve simply grown content with what I have though. The links have been updated, degree programs, contact information…everything. I had hoped to have more states completed than this but alas…. I’m surprised not only at how long it has taken me but by how many of the sites change their pages since earlier this year (March/April). Granted I have spent a good deal of time working on the other states as well this weekend but it has been fun.

I added a new column known as MANRRS which stands for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. I was involved in the student chapters of both The Wildlife Society (TWS) and MANRRS so I’ve had the best of both. The purpose of including MANRRS is for those schools which lack a TWS chapter but has another means for students to be professionally involved. It was spurred as a result of a conversation I had about two years ago at  MANRRS conference when I asked a Black American wildlife student why he wasn’t involved in TWS. His response was that he already had what he needed from MANRRS. Understandable (even if I didn’t wholly agree with his argument as a fellow wildlifer).

I hope you enjoy. Please remember this document is an adaptation from the TWS compilation of schools/universities throughout the US which carry accredited programs of study on the environment.  So don’t forget to click through to Alabama’s Colleges and Universities with Environmental Programs in Wildlife, Forestry, Fisheries, Natural Resources, Environmental Science or what have you. =)

New addition to the blog….

September 25, 2010 Leave a comment

So there is a new piece I’m working on to not only learn and comprehend concepts within the field of wildlife but also to prep for the GRE. The Wild word of the day will consist of 2 parts. The first part will be common jargon used among career professionals studying wildlife -I may sometimes branch into forestry, fisheries and natural resources. The second part will be a GRE word that I’m studying for that day. Perhaps if I choose a good GRE word I can relate the two parts….we’ll see.

The reason why I’m doing this is to learn in both areas. In the case of wildlife some of it will be revisiting information from my baccalaureate days; I think it’s great to remember the roots of what you’ve learned. I cannot possibly include GRE math here but know that I may mention it some…just because. I won’t post a new word every day simply because sometimes time does not allow me to.

I apologize for not having the next 4 states with environmental studies ready for you. I revisited it last night but Humboldt State University’s plethora of programs through me for a loop for about 2 hours. My aim is to try to make it as easy as possible to navigate to the different schools and their programs. I’ll continue to work diligently at this as it also gives me the opportunity to contact professors once again to see if any opportunities have opened up in the human dimensions of wildlife field.

I hope that you will enjoy this as much as I will. Learning is great and I expect to spend the rest of my life doing so.

EDIT: I forgot to add that another reason why I haven’t gotten to the university based blog post is because I’m going through all the previous states as well to ensure that links are still active and the contact information is still up to date. It’s tedious but at the same time it’s fun…in its own little way. =)

Phase 1 of Environmentally Related Studies for Students

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve just completed Phase 1 of the Environmentally related degree programs in the U.S. and thought it would be necessary to provide you all with an inkling of the progress that I’ve made. Using the Wildlife Society’s document I have updated broken links for each school and will be moving on to updating department information. I also plan to create two other documents based off this information that separates Undergraduate adn Graduate degrees for easier viewing by the degree focus. Right now I have the discipline areas divided as so:

  • Environmental- Science, Technology, Biology, Management, Policy, Ecology
  • Forestry- Technology, Management, Biology
  • Wildlife- Science, Technology, Conservation, Ecology, Management, Biology
  • Fisheries- Science, Management, Technology, Aquaculture
  • Marine- Policy, Science, Biology, Management
  • Natural Resource- Management, Technology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Other- Human Dimensions, Rangeland Management, Ecology, Zoology etc*

You may wonder why I have not included focus areas such as agriculture,  general biology, veterinary and some others. Understand it’s not that I don’t want to but I felt that doing so would result in creating an umbrella thus getting away from the original reason for starting this. Plus my interest in the areas mentioned above are stronger than other areas not mentioned here. Lastly I believe that these areas are more closely intertwined than mentioning other areas of study. So that is all that’s going on right now. Be back with you soon!

*This will be updated as I go back through the schools to pick on programs of study at the school that may not have been mentioned by TWS or that I feel would fit the purposes of this document.