Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Pennsylvania Research Activities

Releasing a white-tailed deer captured in a Clover trap

Unit personnel conduct interdisciplinary applied and basic research in fish and wildlife management and contribute to graduate education. The Unit's research emphasis is on (1) integrating ecology and management of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, (2) evaluating the effects of human activities on wildlife, fish, and their habitats, and (3) providing guidelines for restoring and maintaining important terrestrial and aquatic communities.

Pennsylvania Active Projects

Pennsylvania Completed Projects

Pennsylvania Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Laake, J. L. D. Johnson, D. R. Diefenbach, M. A. Ternent. 2014. Hidden Markov Model for Dependent Tag Loss and Survival Estimation. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics. Published online. DOI: 10.1007/s13253-014-0190-1  | Abstract |  Download  | 
  • DeWeber, J.T and T. Wagner. 2015. Predicting Brook Trout occurrence in stream reaches throughout their native range in the eastern United States. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 144:11-24.  | Download  | 
  • Evans, T.S., K.L. Schuler, W.D. Walter. 2014 Surveillance and monitoring of white-tailed deer for chronic wasting disease in the northeastern United States. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5(2):387-393.
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Pennsylvania Technical Publications

  • Stainbrook, D. P., and D. R. Diefenbach. 2012. Estimating white-tailed deer abundance at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR—2012/626. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. | Download |
  • Walter, W.D., C. W. Anderson, and K.C. VerCauteren. Recommendations for on-farm wildlife mitigation practices to prevent transmission of bovine tuberculosis between livestock and white-tailed deer. Final Report, Michigan Department of Agriculture-Animal Industry Division.
  • Irwin, B. J., T. Wagner, M. V. Kepler, W. Liu, J. R. Bence, D. B. Hayes, and N. Lester. 2011. Spatial and temporal components of variation in Great Lake percid populations: implications for conservation and management. Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, Project Completion Report.
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Pennsylvania Theses and Dissertations

  • Evans, T.S. 2014. Chronic wasting disease in the Central Appalachian region of the United States. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 81 pp.
  • DeWeber, J.T. Potential climate and land use change effects on brook trout in the eastern United States. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
  • Hall, L. Spatial analysis for sea turtle conservation on the Georgia coast. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 73

Presentations: 94

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