Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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About the Cooperative Research Units Program

USGS Headquarters in Reston, VA.

Cooperative Research Units have a three-fold mission: (1) Graduate Education, (2) Research, and (3) Technical Assistance.

Each Unit consists of 2-5 federal scientists and 1-2 administrative specialists. Each Unit has a Leader who provides oversight to all Unit activities. Federal scientists hold faculty rank at their home institution, teach graduate level courses, offer workshops for graduate students and cooperators, and conduct research on a wide variety of natural resource topics. Research projects typically support graduate students and post-docs.

Facilities

Please see the map on our home page to see the location of our units and to obtain the contact information for individual units. Directions to the national Headquarters office in Reston, VA are provided below.

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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 247

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 266

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 722

Scientific Publications: 1960

Presentations: 4355

 

Contact Us

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Reston, VA 20192 Phone: (703) 648 - 4260 Fax: (703) 648 - 4269 Our University Web Site

Chief

John Organ
CRU Chief John Organ processing a Canada lynx kitten during a long term research collaboration between the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

John F. Organ is the Chief of the U.S.G.S. Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units. He was Chief of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration for the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 2005 to 2014, and worked in the FWS’s Ecological Services and National Wildlife Refuge programs during his 35 year career. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Michigan State University, and Andres Bello University in Santiago, Chile. He is a certified Wildlife Biologist and Past President and Fellow of The Wildlife Society. He is also a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club and a Senior Specialist in the Fulbright Scholar Program. He is a member of the IUCN Otter Specialist and Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Groups, and an instructor and Advisory Board member of the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow Program. He is also a consultant to the Peru Forest Sector Initiative where he is assisting the Peruvian government in training biologists and developing wildlife regulations. He advises M.S. and Ph.D. students studying carnivores and human dimensions in Africa, Canada, Chile, and the U.S. and teaches graduate courses in Wildlife Management and Conservation and Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation.

Links

  1. U.S. Geological Survey
  2. U.S. Geological Survey - Ecosystems
  3. U.S. Department of the Interior

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