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Arizona Technical Assistance

  • Scott BonarArizona Game and Fish Department University Summit (June 2010 - Present)
  • Courtney ConwayAsked to be reviewer for promotion and tenure package of Dr. C. Bradley Dabbert, Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University. (September 2009 - September 2009)
  • Scott BonarDevils Hole Pupfish advisory group. Advised operations of the new Devils Hole Pupfish facility (June 2009 - Present)
  • Courtney ConwayAsked to serve on a planning committee to recommend funding priorities for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Webless Migratory Game Bird program. Organized a 3-day workshop with 30 experts from North America. (August 2008 - January 2009)
  • Courtney ConwayInvited to participate and present a talk at the Working Group for the West Mojave Conservation Plan. I was invited as 1 of 3 external experts on the Burrowing Owl to provide expert opinion to the Working Group which consists of representatives from city, county, state (CDFG), and federal governments (USFWS, BLM). (June 2008 - June 2008)
  • Scott BonarBonar, S. A. 2008-2011. Desert Fish Scientific Advisor. U.S. Forest Service In-Stream Flow Legal Team (January 2008 - Present)
  • Scott BonarBonar, S. A. Devils Hole Pupfish Recovery Team – Asked to provide input to Devils Hole Pupfish recovery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/National Park Service. (November 2007 - Present)
  • Courtney ConwayAsked to be reviewer for post-professional promotion package of Dr. William R. Eddleman, Chair of the Biology Department at Southeast Missouri State University. (November 2005 - November 2005)
  • Courtney ConwayInvited by USFWS Migratory Bird Office to be member of the Steering Committee for planning an international technical workshop on marsh bird monitoring in North America and attending periodic conference calls and developing and commenting on documents to develop a continental strategy for monitoring and management of marsh birds. (October 2005 - November 2007)
  • Courtney ConwayInvited to be member of USFWS User Acceptance Team (UAT) for designing and implementing a marsh bird monitoring program for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. (October 2005 - April 2006)
  • Melanie CulverParticipated on a Conservation Genetics Panel for the Native Fishes Conservation Team Meeting, advised on fish genetics issues. (June 2005 - June 2005)
  • Courtney ConwayInvited by USFWS to be member of the technical biological review team for Cibola National Wildlife Refuge – role was to recommend changes in management direction of the refuge (May 2005 - May 2005)
  • Melanie CulverInvited to participate on a jaguar conservation panel discussion at a jaguar meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico (November 2004 - November 2004)
  • Scott BonarAGFD Research Branch - Advised on a striped bass research project (June 2004 - June 2004)
  • Melanie CulverTechnical advise on various aspects of genetic techniques from protocols for DNA extraction from hair, bone, saliva, and feather samples to recommending primers for species identification, sex determination (birds, bears, and felids) and microsatellite amplification (bears and felids). Also provide advise on data analysis. (June 2004 - June 2004)
  • Scott BonarAdvised BLM attorneys and biologists on the effects of elevated water temperatures on fishes of the San Pedro River, Arizona (May 2004 - May 2004)
  • Courtney ConwayProvided periodic expert opinion to the Yuma Clapper Rail Advisory Team, a multi-agency group organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The team makes recommendations regarding management and recovery of the federally-endangered Yuma Clapper Rail and coordinates activities among all federal, state, and tribal governments. (May 2004 - May 2004)
  • Courtney ConwayAssisted Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists and British Columbia biologists in a collaborative assistance effort to capture burrowing owls in Washington for use in the BC captive breeding program. (May 2004 - May 2004)
  • Courtney ConwayConsulted with biologists at Arizona Game and Fish Department regarding suitable locations and appropriate designs for installation of artificial nest burrows for burrowing owls in southern Arizona. (April 2004 - April 2004)
  • Courtney ConwayMet with National Park Service biologists regarding research necessary to demonstrate a link between groundwater depletion and viability of bird populations in Saguaro National Park. (March 2004 - March 2004)
  • Courtney ConwayProvided expert advice to Town of Marana and Arizona Game and Fish Department on burrowing owl habitat preferences and land use as part of their efforts to develop a Habitat Conservation Plan. (March 2004 - March 2004)
  • Courtney ConwayProvided expert opinions to biologists in US Bureau of Land Management and Arizona Game and Fish Department regarding efforts to revegetate a large burned area along the Colorado River to help restore habitat for the state-endangered California Black Rail. The 2 agencies were developing a management plan for the revegetation effort and the scientist exchanged many emails and had numerous phone conversations with them to advise them with their revegetation plan. (February 2004 - February 2004)
  • Melanie CulverParticipated in conference call for board members of Trout Unlimited regarding genetic issues relevant to endangered fishes. (February 2004 - February 2004)
  • Scott BonarAdvised Salt River Project personnel on effects of introduced fishes on native fishes in the Verde River, Arizona (January 2004 - January 2004)
  • Courtney ConwayAsked to participate in a series of conference calls by the tri-national Commission for Environmental Conservation (CEC) to make recommendations on research recommendations for Burrowing Owls. (August 2003 - August 2003)
  • Courtney ConwayProvided recommendations for how to improve management of wildlife on Havasu National Wildlife Refuge as an invited outside member of a technical review panel (June 2003 - June 2003)
  • Courtney ConwayAssisted Washington Department of Fish and Wildife biologists and British Columbia biologists in a collaborative assistance effort to capture burrowing owls in Washington for use in the BC captive breeding program. (June 2003 - June 2003)
  • Courtney ConwayAssisted Director of School of Renewable Natural Resources and Development Office of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with obtaining land, cabin, and endowment from a potential donor. (June 2003 - June 2003)
  • Courtney ConwayOne of 15 scientists invited by NPS (I was ornitholgical expert) to participate in the Madrona Pools Pulse project and workshop to evaluate a sensitive area of the national park and make recommendations on several proposed development options. (May 2003 - May 2003)
  • Scott BonarBonar, S. A. Desert Fishes Conservation Team – Arizona Game and Fish Department – Makes recommendations to AGFD Management on Desert Fish activities statewide. Coordinates activities with other agencies. Member March 2003 to present. (March 2003 - Present)
  • Courtney ConwayProvided recommendations to USFWS Ecological Services Office on approaches for standardizing requirements for permit requests to conduct surveys on endangered Yuma Clapper Rails and training needed for agency biologists to conduct surveys. (February 2003 - February 2003)
  • Melanie CulverAccepted invitation to become a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bi-national Ocelot Recovery Team, Technical Subcommittee. (February 2003 - February 2003)
  • Melanie CulverVolunteered to participate in the 2003 Mountain Lion Track Survey in the Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park (February 2003 - February 2003)
  • Scott BonarAssisted with questions on standardized sampling in Arizona (January 2003 - January 2003)
  • Courtney ConwayMet with Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society's Burrowing Owl coordinator to discuss ways their society could contribute to burrowing owl recovery in the state of Washington. (January 2003 - January 2003)
  • Courtney ConwayProvided recommendations to USFWS employees regarding effects of various kinds of development and various kinds of wetland manipulation on endangered rails in the southwestern U.S. (October 2002 - October 2002)
  • Courtney ConwayProvided advice and consultation to Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist who was writing a species account for the Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas. (September 2002 - September 2002)
  • Courtney ConwayProvided advice on ways to estimate detection probability during standardized call-broadcast surveys for wetland birds. (September 2002 - September 2002)
  • Courtney ConwayPanel Member on an RGE National Promotion Review Panel (August 2002 - August 2002)
  • Courtney ConwayInvited to sit on RGE National Promotion Review Panel (August 2002 - August 2002)
  • Courtney ConwayInvited to lead a conference call with USFWS regional migratory bird coordinators to discuss and explain national program for standardized marsh bird surveys (April 2002 - April 2002)
  • Courtney ConwayAsked to provide external scientific review (and recommendations) of a proposal submitted to Arizona Game and Fish Department against removing artificial water cachements for bighorn sheep throughout the state. (January 2001 - January 2001)
  • Courtney ConwayGave recommendations to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on potential mitigation measures for Burrowing Owl losses caused by developers in eastern Washington (December 2000 - December 2000)
  • Courtney ConwayInvited to serve on external review committee for Arizona Game and Fish Department's research program on the federally endangered Cactus Ferriginous Pygmy Owl (October 2000 - October 2000)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 43

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 22

Scientific Publications: 49

Presentations: 104


Contact Us

Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Tucson, AZ 85721-0001 Phone: (520) 621 - 1959 Fax: (520) 621 - 8801 Our University Web Site


  1. University web sites for all three AZCFWRU scientists

Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Arizona Game Fish Department
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Arizona
  5. Wildlife Management Institute