Study Wildlife Management
Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management Course Outline
At University of Otago postgraduate papers (units) are each worth 24 points. The Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management requires completion of a total of 144 points at 400-level, i.e. 6 postgraduate papers. The six papers will be made up of two core papers, and some combination of recommended and optional papers. The intention is to allow you the flexibility to choose the course structure that best suits your future aspirations.
For students lacking undergraduate training in conservation biology it is recommended they take WILM 406 Conservation Biology for Wildlife Management, on approval by the Course Director.
You can also choose WILM 403 Practice in Wildlife Management, if you seek to develop your research skills with a host organization.
- WILM 403 Practice in Wildlife Management (Optional)
- WILM 404 Biostatistics for Wildlife Management (Prerequisite/compulsory)
- WILM 405 Special Topic in Wildlife Management (Optional)
- WILM 406 Conservation Biology for Wildlife Management (Recommended)
Students have completed course requirements by selecting from a wide variety of postgraduate papers, including those hosted by the following University of Otago Departments:
- Zoology - http://www.otago.ac.nz/zoology/courses.html#profiles
- Botany - http://www.botany.otago.ac.nz/courses/index.html
- Geography - http://www.geography.otago.ac.nz/Geography/Courses/index.html
- Tourism - http://www.business.otago.ac.nz/tourism/teaching/postgraduatepapers.html
- Marine Science - http://www.otago.ac.nz/marinescience/programmes/PGCourseList.htm
- Surveying (GIS) - http://www.surveying.otago.ac.nz/undergraduate/elective.html
Further information regarding the regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management (PGDipWLM) is available elsewhere on the University website.
Other papers taken by Wildlife Management Students
In recent years students doing the Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management have completed the following optional papers as part of their course requirements. Paper timing and availability may vary from year to year.
- BTNY 468 Community Ecology
- BTNY 469 Principles of Nature Conservation
- GEOG 471 Environmental Impact Assessment
- GEOG 472 Developments in Environmental Management
- MARI 425 Marine Fisheries Science
- MARI 428 Conservation Biology of Marine Mammals
- MARI 431 Antarctic Marine Biology
- PLAN 433 Environmental Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting
- POLS 412 Treaty Politics
- TOUR 415 Wilderness and Marine Tourism
- ZOOL 410 Evolutionary Genetics
- ZOOL 411 Behavioural Ecology and Evolution
- ZOOL 413 Environmental Physiology
- ZOOL 414 Comparative Physiology
- ZOOL 416 Freshwater Ecology
- ZOOL 417 Harvest management
MSc study option
Many incoming postgraduate students face a choice of whether to continue on to do a Master of Science (MSc) or only a Postgraduate Diploma. If you have a strong interest in wildlife ecology, research and management, the combination of Diploma and MSc offers several advantages over taking a standard BSc Honours or MSc course.
Diploma graduates can take several fourth year papers with a specialist wildlife focus that are not available to other students. Diploma graduates can go on directly to do a Masters by-thesis-only (i.e., your Diploma year counts for the papers part of an MSc). In addition, Diploma graduates have the choice of doing an MSc in Wildlife Management, or in Zoology, Ecology, or even Marine Science, depending on their thesis topic. This will entail one-year of full-time research and thesis writing. Accordingly you can graduate with both a postgraduate Diploma and a MSc in the same time as those pursuing a standard MSc course.
If you intend to go on to MSc by-thesis-only, you need to complete the Diploma year with good grades. You should start thinking about suitable MSc projects and potential supervisors during your Diploma year. If your Diploma grades are good enough you may be eligible for University of Otago postgraduate funding. It may be possible to undertake field work for your MSc while based overseas.
Some recent MSc theses by Wildlife Management (PGDipWILM) graduates:
- A recipe for conflict: Food security, politics and perceptions of wildlife damage in Western Ethiopia – Courtney Quirin (2008)
- Spatial ecology of domestic cats in skink reserves adjacent to urban and peri-urban areas - Liz Metsers (2008)
- Dispersal and survival of kaki (Himantopus novaezelandiae) released in the Tasman River Valley, New Zealand – Geoff Cline (2007)
- Use of a stochastic population model as a tool to assist decision making in the management of Takahe (Porphyrio hochstetteri) – Danilo Hegg (2007)
- The use of predator-controlled inshore islands for the threatened species translocation: An alternative conservation tool – Lindsay Martin (2007)
- The spatial ecology of yellow-eyed penguin nest site selection at breeding areas with different habitat types on the South Island of New Zealand – Ryan Clark (2007)
- The diet of Yellow-eyed Penguins on Stewart and Codfish Islands: Is diet responsible for poor Yellow-eyed Penguin chick survival on Stweart Island? – Tiff Browne (2007)
- Wildlife communities in created and natural freshwater wetlands of the Waiau River Catchment, New Zealand – Rachel Paterson (2006)
- Evaluating the kaka (Nestor meridionalis) as an umbrella species for lowland forests in New Zealand – Tara Leech (2006)
- The comparative ecology of Stewart Island weka (Gallirallus australis scotti) on islands with and without seabirds – Franny Cunninghame (2006)
- Modelling the distribution of New Zealand bats as a function of habitat selection – Glen Greaves (2005)
- Ecology of freshwater fish in the littoral zone of Lake Waikere, Kai Iwi Lakes, Northland, New Zealand: For the conservation of the dune lakes galaxias (Galaxias sp.) – Michael Pingram (2005)
- Evaluation of soil fauna as potential bioindicators of soil quality in kiwifruit orchard systems – Sarah Richards (2005)
- Kereru (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) in the urban Dunedin environment: Abundance, habitat selection and rehabilitation outcomes – Lisa Daglish (2005)
- A comparison of the quality of wild and captive Otago skinks (Oligosoma otagense): Are captive stocks of potential use in conservation? – Joanne Connolly (2005)
- A stochastic computer simulation of island group colonisation by Rattus norvegicus in small near shore island systems: Specifically Tia Island and the Boat Group – Shaun Coutts (2005)
- Variability of total counts and calibration with mark-recapture estimates for New Zealand fur seal pups – Deborah Watson (2004)
- Sooty Shearwater burrow systems: Detection of occupant, site selection and recovery from disturbance – Sam Mckechnie (2004)
- Fine-scale habitat use by hedgehogs and ferrets in the Waitaki Basin: A study using very high-resolution satellite imagery – Danielle Shanahan (2003)
- Habitat selection by South Island saddlebacks and Stewart Island robins on Ulva Island – Kate Steffens (2003)