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Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Alabama Research Activities

Alabama student catfish research

The Alabama Unit has identified four areas in which to concentrate its research efforts: 1) determining the effects of forest management techniques on wildlife species, 2) investigating the ecology and management of stream corridors, 3) investigating the status, life history and habitat requirements of endangered or threatened species to obtain information necessary for the development of comprehensive recovery plans, and 4) investigating the ecology and management of fish and wildlife species on landscape scales. The Unit will not be restricted to these areas of investigation; however, it will work towards the development of comprehensive research programs in each.

Alabama Active Projects

Alabama Completed Projects

Alabama Peer Reviewed Publications

  • David R. Smith, Nathan L. Allan, Conor P. McGowan, Jennifer A. Szymanski, Susan R. Oetker, and Heather M. Bell (2018) Development of a Species Status Assessment Process for Decisions under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management: June 2018, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 302-320.
  • Counihan, T. D., I. R. Waite, A. F. Casper, D. L. Ward, J. S. Sauer, E. R. Irwin, C. G. Chapman, B. S. Ickes, C. P. Paukert, J. J. Kosovich, and J. M. Bayer. 2018 Can data from disparate long-term fish monitoring programs be used to increase our understanding of regional and continental trends in large river assemblages? PLoS ONE

  • Irwin, ER and MC Lloyd. 2017. Experimental stocking of sport fish in the regulated Tallapoosa River to
    determine critical periods for recruitment. Cooperator Science Series 128-2017.
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Alabama Technical Publications

  • Irwin, E. R., K. D. M. Kennedy, T. P. Goar, B. M. Martin, M. M. Martin. 2011. Adaptive management and monitoring for restoration and faunal recolonization of Tallapoosa River shoal habitats. Final Report to Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Kennedy, K.D. and E.R. Irwin. Patterns of fish and disease occupancy in Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama. ACFWRU Report 2009-3. Final Report Submitted to USFWS, October 2009 2007
  • Hitch, A.T., Grand, J.B., Allen, S.L., and Sharp, N.W. 2008. Habitat use and distributions of birds, small mammals and herpetofauna on the J.D. Martin Skyline Wildlife Management Area, Jackson County, Alabama. Final Report to Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
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Alabama Theses and Dissertations

  • Lai, Q. 2018. Quantitative Valuation of Ecosystem Services Provided by Oyster Reefs in Mobile Bay, Alabama. PhD Dissertation, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
  • Sharp, J. 2017. Non-lethal estimation of proximate body composition of channel catfish using bioelectrical impedance analysis. Masters Thesis, Auburn University.
  • Ryer, K, 2016, Multi-scale Habitat Relationships of Grassland Vertebrates in the East Gulf Coastal Plain and Understanding the Consequences of Error in Broad-scale Land Cover Data, Auburn University, Auburn AL, USA
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 29

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 30

Presentations: 88


Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 
  2. Auburn University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute