Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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New York Unit student Mike Wegan, with anesthetized adult black bear captured as part of collaborative eff ort with the U.S. Army’s Fort Drum Military Installation in northern New York and New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation to assess population size, movements, and foraging habitats of bears

The Cooperative Research Units Program conducts research on a wide range of disciplines related to fish, wildlife, and natural resource management. Our 40 Units collectively conduct research on virtually every type of North American ecological community. Most research projects are carried out by graduate students participating with and/or under the direction of unit or other university scientists. Collectively, the Units typically have more than 1,000 research projects under way and generate 250-300 scientific publications annually.

Unit research may be of local, regional, national, or international interest. The research programs conducted by units are approved as directed by the Coordinating Committee overseeing each unit.

Check out our current and completed research projects by clicking a link below. You can also find a complete list of publications by clicking on the Publications link on the main menu.

Active Projects

Completed Projects

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Farless, N. and S.K. Brewer. 2017.Thermal tolerances of fishes occupying groundwater and surface-water dominated streams. Freshwater Science
  • Warrington, B.M., W.M.l Aust, S. M. Barrett, W. M. Ford, M.C. Bolding, C.A.. Dolloff and E. B. Schillingd. 2017, Forestry Best Management Practices for Roads, Stream Crossings, and Streamside Management Zones May Reduce Effects of Forest Operations on Aquatic and Riparian Fauna: A Review. Forests 8(9), 331; doi:10.3390/f8090331
  • Susan A. Schroeder, David C. Fulton, Jeffrey S. Lawrence & Steven D.Cordts (2017) How Hunter Perceptions of Wildlife Regulations, Agency Trust, and SatisfactionAffect Attitudes about Duck Bag Limits, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 22:5, 454-475, DOI:10.1080/10871209.2017.1345021
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Technical Publications

  • Harty, C. 2017. Investigation of channel catfish and blue catfish population dynamics in three Tennessee River reservoirs. Fisheries Report 17-08, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Nashville. 46 pages. | Download |
  • Culver, M. 2017. Genetic assessment of an isolated population of bighorn sheep in the Silver Bell Mountains. Final Report to Arizona Game and Fish Department in fulfillment of task order 16-x.
  • DeMarco, K., Hillmann, E., and La Peyre, M., 2017, Seed biomass from shallow coastal water areas along a salinity gradient in Barataria Bay, Louisiana (2015): U.S. Geological Survey data release,
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Theses and Dissertations

  • Kurnianto, S. 2017. The Eco-hydrology Associated with the Land Cover Changes in Tropical Peatlands. PhD Dissertation, Oregon State University, Corvallis.
  • Weaver 2017. Ph.D. Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) as a functional link between marine and freshwater ecosystems. University of Maine, Orono. 147pp.
  • White, B. 2017. An evaluation of nitrogen supplementation and processed soy fractions on the performance of cultured fishes. M.S. thesis, South Dakota State University, 112 pp.
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Projects by Agency


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 252

Phd Students: 153

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 278

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 664

Scientific Publications: 1929

Presentations: 4304

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