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Arizona Research Activities

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Arizona scientists are involved in regional, national and international fish and wildlife research. Their work includes developing new methods to manage fish and wildlife species of arid lands; captive breeding techniques for threatened and endangered fishes found no where else in the world; methods to reduce impacts of invasive species on native aquatic ecosystems; effects of climate change on arid land species; cutting-edge genetic techniques for managing fish and wildlife populations; and development of new fish and wildlife survey techniques.

Arizona Active Projects

Arizona Completed Projects

Arizona Peer Reviewed Publications

  • John A. Erwin, Karla Vargas, Brian R. Blais, Kendell Bennett, Julia Muldoon, Sarah Findysz, Courtney Christie, James R. Heffelfinger, Melanie Culver. 2018. Genetic assessment of a bighorn sheep population expansion in the Silver Bell Mountains, Arizona. Peer J, DOI 10.7717/peerj.5978
  • Brizendine, M. E., D. L. Ward, and S. A. Bonar. 2018. Effectiveness of Ultrasonic Imaging for Evaluating Presence and Maturity of Eggs in Fishes in Remote Field Locations. North American Journal of Fisheries Management Online Version DOI: 10.1002/nafm.10200, IP-098412.
  • Amberg, J. J., S. A. Bonar, C. Perez, C. B. Rees, C. Jackson, and R. M. Ulibarri. 2018. The Importance of Sound Methodology in Environmental DNA Sampling: Response to Comment. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 38:597-600. IP-092655
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Arizona Technical Publications

  • Bonar, S. A. 2018. Arizona Game and Fish Department leads adoption of AFS standard fish sampling methods in Arizona waters. Fish Soup. AZ-NM Chapter American Fisheries Society Newsletter Summer 2018:14
  • Bonar, S. A. 2017. A Tip for Those Rough Holiday Conversations About Protecting Our Environment. AFS Leader Line Newsletter. | Download |
  • Bonar, S. 2016. Candidate Statement: AFS Second Vice President: Scott Bonar, Fisheries, 41:2, 61-62.
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Arizona Theses and Dissertations

  • Ochoa, A. 2017. Population genomics/genetics of endangered and vulnerable wildlife: the Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi) and the Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx).
  • Erin Vaughn. PhD Dissertation. Conservation Genetics and Epigenetics of Pronghorn, Antilocapra americana. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • Brizendine, M. E. 2016. Use of ultrasonic imaging to evaluate egg maturation of humpback chub Gila cypha. Master's Thesis, University of Arizona, Tucson.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 43

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 21

Scientific Publications: 48

Presentations: 95

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