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Arizona Research Activities

Bob Fitak with puma

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

  • Fitak RR, Rinkevich S, and M Culver. 2018. Genome-wide analysis of SNPs is consistent with no domestic dog ancestry in the endangered Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi). Journal of Heredity, 109(4):372-383. doi: 10.1093/jhered/esy009.
  • Dominguez-Contreras JF, Munguia-Vega A, Ceballos-Vasquez BP, Arellano-Martinez M, Garcia-Rodriguez FJ, Culver M and H. Reyes-Bonilla. 2018. Life histories predict genetic diversity and population structure within three species of octopus targeted by small-scale fisheries in Northwest Mexico. PeerJ 6:e4295
  • Bonar, S. A., and J. Trushenski. 2017. The skill we all need. Fisheries 42:397.

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Arizona Technical Publications

  • Bonar, S. A. 2017. A Tip for Those Rough Holiday Conversations About Protecting Our Environment. AFS Newsletter. | Download |
  • Bonar, S. 2016. Candidate Statement: AFS Second Vice President: Scott Bonar, Fisheries, 41:2, 61-62.
  • Merlin P, Haynes L, Gimblett HR, Culver M. 2015. Arizona Jaguar and Ocelot Conservation Outreach Project. Final COmpletion Report for Intra-Agency Agreement Number G13AC00222.
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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: 23

Scientific Publications: 47

Presentations: 92


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