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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

  • Keever, A.C., C.P. McGowan, S.S. Ditchkoff, P.K. Acker, J.B. Grand, C.H. Newbolt, in review, Efficacy of time-lapse photography and repeated counts estimation for monitoring white-tailed deer populations.
  • McGowan, CP, Allan NA, Servoss J, Headwall S, Woolridge B, in review, Incorporating population viability models into species status assessment and listing decisions under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. for submission to Endangered Species Research
  • Robinson, OJ, McGowan CP, Devers P. in review, Deciphering density dependent dynamics using multiple system models and Bayesian model weight updating. Submitted to Ecology February 2016.
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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

  • 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
  • Dunham, K.D. 2016. Population dynamics and viability of the federally listed population of Steller's Eiders. M.Sc. Thesis. Auburn University, Alabama. 76 p.
  • Aspinwall, AP. 2016. Using Population Models to Evaluate Management Alternatives
    for Gulf Striped Bass. Masters Thesis, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 20

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 31

Presentations: 80


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