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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Skill Sets

Student skills and abilities
  After completing semesters
  1-4 5-6 7-8
Forestry
Use ecological principles of Biogeoclimatic Ecological Classification System to describe and interpret forests and grasslands
Assist in documenting site descriptions
Assist in developing silvicultural prescriptions -
Describe how prescribed fire can be incorporated into a management plan -
Assist in habitat inventories and assessments -
Propose management strategies which incorporate the impacts of recreation on ecosystems -
Describe the impact of land use practices on erosion and water quality in watersheds - -
Identify pests and diseases and methods of control in forest stands -
Fire ecology and management
Conduct fire history research -
Employ Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System -
Use fire behaviour prediction software -
Limnology and fisheries management
Measure age sex and identify important fish species -
Assess physical, chemical and biological features of lakes and streams and determine their relationship to fish ecology and other uses -
Develop a sustainable, multi-user fisheries management strategy - -
Wildlife management/population biology
Model population changes using computers -
Identify terrestrial vertebrates and conduct wildlife inventories -
Conduct wildlife population census (using mark recapture data) - -
Range management
Assess the physical and biological features of rangelands -
Assist in development of range management plans - -
Measurements
Interpret topographic and forest cover maps
Make basic mensurational measurements
Establish and sample vegetation plots
Computing
Use word processing, spread sheet, and graphics software
Use the ArcInfo Geographic Information Systems software
Communications and conflict resolution
Communicate using written, verbal, and audiovisual techniques
Apply the principles of natural resource conflict resolution - -
Social and economic
Assess the impact of resource extraction on recreation and tourism -
Apply cost-benefit analysis and economic models to land use decisions - -
General skills
Participate as a team member
Apply statistical analysis to data sets
Determine optimum sampling designs for all resource sectors - -