Dr. Rachael Urbanek

Dr. Rachael E. Urbanek

Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Certified Wildlife Biologist®
Department Chair
Department of Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5949
Office: Dobo Hall 2006/2030     Email: urbanekr@uncw.edu     Phone: 910.962.7909

Courses Offered

Below is a current list of courses I offer here at UNCW (bold) and courses I have offered in the past at other institutions (italicized). If I learn that there is enough interest by students in courses previously offered at other institutions, I will certainly try to add the selected courses to the catalogue for future semesters here at UNCW.



Introduction to Environmental Studies (EVS 195) Interdisciplinary introduction to the scope and application of environmental studies. Emphasis will be placed on an integrated analysis of environmental principles and discussions centered on current environmental problems. I focus my sections of this course on biological conservation.
Environmental Conservation (EVS 445) A scientific exploration of conservation theories and practices to understand the challenges of protecting, maintaining, and restoring biological diversity to Earth's many environs.
Foundations of Environmental Conservation and Management (EVS 540) Policies and processes related to environmental conservation and management are examined within the context of the political, economic, socio-cultural, and scientific challenges facing environmental managers today. Both regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to environmental conservation and management are examined within the public and private sectors.
Exploring a "Wild" Profession (EVS 485 or DIS) The main focus of the course is preparation, attendance, and full participation at the Annual International Wildlife Society Conference. An introduction to the overarching conservation profession, current research in the profession, and current threats to the conservation of natural resources. Students will also learn appropriate etiquette at a professional conference, how to network with professionals, and will also have daily opportunities to engage with students from other universities in related fields.
Wildlife Management (EVS 500, EVS 500) An introduction to the principles of wildlife management. Topics include harvest management, captive propagation and translocation, managing in a changing climate, managing wildlife in a variety of habitats, conservation and management ethics, among others.
Enviromental Community Engagement (EVS 490) The Applied Service Learning program provides students with a chance to explore an environmental organization conducting 40 hours of volunteer work through community service.
Practicum in Environmental Studies (EVS 497, EVS 597) Undergraduate and graduate practica involve 40-240 hours with an environmental organization that provides an opportunity to conduct in-depth work with the agency. Practica students are tasked with similar responsibilities and duties within the agency as normal personnel.

Please visit the Practicum Website for more information.

Wildlife Techniques (EVS 440, EVS 541)

Instruction in current wildlife techniques including habitat evaluation and manipulation, estimation of wildlife abundance, capturing and marking, identification, aging, and scientific writing. Course is structured around a research project that requires use of popular wildlife techniques.

Directed Independent Studies

I strongly encourage undergraduate and graduate students to participate in my current research activities which can be applied as credit towards graduation.

Applied Environmental Ecology

Responses of organisms to environmental variables, bioenergetics, population dynamics, community interactions, ecosystem structure and function, and major biogeographical patterns.

Natural Resources Communications

An investigation and practice of effective communication techniques typically used in natural resources management. The focus of this course is to teach students to effectively communicate complex scientific messages to diverse audiences. Specific types of communication explored will include construction of figures, graphs and tables, power point presentations, abstracts and technical reports specific to the natural resources discipline.

Fisheries and Wildlife Administration

Administration of fish and wildlife agencies, including organizational designs and policies, planning, directing, budgeting, personnel management, and public relations. Special consideration will be given to public, scientific, and economic considerations in the decision making process.

Urban Wildlife Ecology and Management - Graduate Seminar

Current and previous wildlife management issues in urban environments are discussed.

Senior Seminar

Designed to integrate various aspects of fisheries and wildlife biology by covering current topics and to acquaint students with areas not covered elsewhere in the curriculum.

Advanced Topics - Research Seminars

This course was designed to work with non-thesis graduate students in developing a research seminar series. The seminar series involved Arkansas Tech University and other Arkansas university graduate students presenting their research to the FW undergraduates.