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

  • Walter, WD,, Kurle, CM, Hopkins III, JB. 2014. Applications of stable isotope analysis in mammalian ecology. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 50(3):287-290.
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  • Walter, W.D. 2014. Use of stable isotopes to identify dietary differences and subpopulations of a free-ranging generalist herbivore. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 50(3):399-413.
  • Perles, S. J., T. Wagner, B. J. Irwin, D. R. Manning, K. K. Callahan, and M. R. Marshall. in press. Evaluation of a regional monitoring program's statistical power to detect temporal trends in forest health indicators. Environmental Management. doi:10.​1007/​s00267-014-0313-z  | Download  | 
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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

  • Kepler, M. V. 2013. Comparative bioenergetics of two lake trout morphotypes. M.S. Thesis. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
  • Begley, Danielle. "Long-term Effects of Deer Browsing on Northern Wisconsin Forest Plant Communities." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Wright State University, 2013. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 04 Sep 2013.
  • Buderman, F. E. 2012. A joint Kaplan-Meier known-fate and Brownie tag-recovery model to estimate harvest and survival rates. M.S. Thesis, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. Download
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 15

Scientific Publications: 71

Presentations: 85

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