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MSU offers biodiversity survey and modeling methods course for professionals

August 1, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – A Montana State University course on biodiversity survey and modeling methods offers a week of fieldwork with the instructor followed by seven weeks of online instruction.

The graduate-level course is ideal for professionals who work in land resources and conservation management and want to gain skills associated with surveying and monitoring designs, sampling methods and data analysis techniques to address questions about biodiversity.

The skills are applicable to agriculture, rehabilitation/restoration and wildland systems. Students will also have the opportunity to collect their own data and write a research report applicable to their own interest area.

The week in the field is Aug. 19-23. The online course runs from Aug. 23 to Oct. 13.

The course, LRES 510-802, is open to professionals who have completed a related bachelor’s degree as well as graduate students who are enrolled in or interested in MSU's online master's degree in land resources and environmental sciences.

The instructor is Tim Seipel, an adjunct professor and post-doctoral scientist in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences.

For more information and a list of other fall courses in the online LRES program, visit where the course is listed under Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, or contact Lisa Brown in MSU Extended University at or (406) 994-6550.

Contact: Lisa Brown, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-3062,