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KissimmeeDr. Daniel Shustack

Professor, Environmental Studies

 

Student Opportunities

Here are a few opportunities available at MCLA for students interested in Environmental Studies: Independent Studies, Internships, Research, Teaching Assistantships, Work Study, Taxidermy, Study Abroad, Campus Clubs

 

Independent Studies

If you are interested in some area of Environmental Science that is not met by current course offerings we can work together to develop an individual proposal around some topic. The proposals must include an outline of study, learning objectives, and a mechanism to demonstrate your learning. In practice this means doing lots of reading and writing essays or term papers. Proposals must be approved by the Academic Dean. We should start talking about Independent Study proposals 1-2 semesters before you wish to do it. Independent Study credits count as upper-level elective credits in the ENVI major.


Internships

All ENVI students must complete at least 3 credits of internships or research. This is the minimum! I encourage students to do at least one internship per year, either during the semesters or during the summers. Up to 18 credits of ENVI 540 (Internships) or ENVI 402 (Research) can count toward your degree requirements. Come talk to me early to get thinking about this!


Research

If you are thinking about graduate school you really must gain some research experience. You are welcome to come talk to me about getting plugged into projects I already have going on or you can propose your own. Students in ENVI 320: Environmental Research Methods are required to develop their own research proposals. You have the option to complete that project in subsequent semester(s). Each spring the MCLA hosts a research conference at which I encourage students to present their projects to the campus.


Teaching Assistantships

All ENVI students must complete at least 3 credits of internships or research. This is the minimum! I encourage students to do at least one internship per year, either during the semesters or during the summers. Up to 18 credits of ENVI 540 (Internships) or ENVI 402 (Research) can count toward your degree requirements. Come talk to me early to get thinking about this!


Work Study

If you receive a federal work study award you can consider applying for the Environmental Studies Research Technician position via the “employment opportunities for students” link on the MCLA Human Resources website. The work study student will complete all sorts of assignments related to ongoing ENVI project. For instance, the student might review trail camera videos, enter and proof data, conduct field work, help organization field equipment, among other duties.


Taxidermy

When I arrived at MCLA we didn’t have an animal natural history collection. Today we have well over 100 specimens of mostly birds but also some mammals, fish, bones, and herps. Most of the specimens are “salvaged” under my state and federal permits. The fish are collected under Dr. Golob’s (Biology) permit. If you want to learn how to prepare birds or small mammals as museum skins for the natural history collection, I will show you how to do this. The specimens are primarily used for classes (Ornithology and Nature of New England). I also regularly use these for public outreach programs with school groups and community organizations. Sometimes these specimens are of interested for research purposes. A Northern Flicker from our collection because the basis for this study.


Study Abroad

Study abroad or study away is a great fit for ENVI majors. You can attend another university and learn about their local and regional ecology and ecosystems! Often junior year is a great time for this as you have completed the foundational courses in the major. Then you can take the specialty courses at that other university. If you are interested in Study Abroad, even as a remote possibility, let me know and I will get you connected with the Study Abroad office and we can begin to plan your course sequence with this in mind.


Campus Clubs

There are a few campus clubs that might be of particular interest to ENVI majors. The Wildlife Society focusses on all things wildlife (game and nongame) and nature. The Environuts has more of an education, service and advocacy focus. Participation in these clubs will give you additional field trip, networking and educational opportunities. (I serve as the academic advisor for both of those clubs and I think they are AWESOME!) The Outing Club is outdoor recreation- based and does all sorts of cool things like hiking, backpacking, rafting, camping and other things. Prof. Eve in Computer Science is the advisor for that club.


Contact Information

Daniel.Shustack@mcla.edu

Office: CSI 225D

413.662.5301

Curriculum Vita

 

Office Hours

By appointment 

 

Education

Ph.D. in Natural Resources, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2008

M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 2004

B.S. in Biology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2000

Courses Taught

Ornithology, Environmental Resources: Science and Management

Introduction to Environmental Systems

The Environment of South Florida

Green Living Seminar: Issues and Approaches to Avian Conservation