Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Electrofishing brown and rainbow trout in Spruce Creek in central Pennsylvania

Admission Requirements and Procedures - Prospective students are encouraged to contact Unit personnel directly regarding graduate research opportunities. Unit staff are graduate faculty members in the School of Forest Resources and the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Consult the Graduate Degree Programs section of the School of Forest Resources website or the IGDP Ecology website (see links to the right) for complete details about each program and application procedures.

Financial Support - Graduate students associated with the Unit are typically supported by external funds in the form of grants or research contracts. Fully supported graduate students receive a monthly stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance.

Courses Taught

  • Population estimation and modeling (Duane Diefenbach 2015)
  • Hierarchical models in ecology The objective of this course is to introduce students to hierarchical models and their application in ecology. The goal is to develop skills and understanding of fitting hierarchical models (i.e., writing model code), interpreting model output, and presenting results. The course will focus on Bayesian estimation of hierarchical models and will use the programming environment R and the program JAGS. (Tyler Wagner 2015)
  • Applied Spatial Ecology Methods for managing and analyzing ecological datasets are constantly evolving. Advances in technology have resulted in large spatial datasets for aquatic and terrestrial populations that requires data compilation and analysis for making sound resource management and conservation decisions. From traditional estimators of home range and resource selection in R to spatial epidemiology of disease in WinBUGS, this course will provide hands-on learning for manipulation and analyses of ecological datasets for a variety of taxa. You will develop skills in understanding and processing complex datasets while learning traditional and innovative methods for spatial data analysis. (W. David Walter 2015)
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Training Offered


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 19

Scientific Publications: 69

Presentations: 97

Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  2. Pennsylvania Game Commission
  3. Pennsylvania State University
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  5. U.S. Geological Survey
  6. Wildlife Management Institute