Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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New York Unit student Mike Wegan, with anesthetized adult black bear captured as part of collaborative eff ort with the U.S. Army’s Fort Drum Military Installation in northern New York and New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation to assess population size, movements, and foraging habitats of bears

The Cooperative Research Units Program conducts research on a wide range of disciplines related to fish, wildlife, and natural resource management. Our 40 Units collectively conduct research on virtually every type of North American ecological community. Most research projects are carried out by graduate students participating with and/or under the direction of unit or other university scientists. Collectively, the Units typically have more than 1,000 research projects under way and generate 250-300 scientific publications annually.

Unit research may be of local, regional, national, or international interest. The research programs conducted by units are approved as directed by the Coordinating Committee overseeing each unit.

Check out our current and completed research projects by clicking a link below. You can also find a complete list of publications by clicking on the Publications link on the main menu.

Active Projects

Completed Projects

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Branigan, P. R., M. C. Quist, B. B. Shepard, and S. C. Ireland. 2018. Microhabitat use of native fishes in the Kootenai River: a fine-scale evaluation of large-scale habitat rehabilitation efforts. River Research and Applications 34:1267-1277.
  • Donner, D.M., D.J. Brown, C.A. Ribic, M. Nelson, and T. Greco. 2018. Managing forest habitat for conservation-reliant species in a changing climate: the case of the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. Forest Ecology and Management 430:265-279.
  • Bruggeman, J.E., T. Swem, D.E. Andersen, P.L. Kennedy, and D. Nigro. 2018. Incorporating productivity as a measure of fitness into models of breeding area quality of Arctic peregrine falcons. ID: 2018: wlb.00475
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Technical Publications

  • Cain, J.W. III, S. Smythe, M. Peyton, W. Conway, J. Biggs, and G. Roemer. 2018. Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project: Large Mammal Responses to Wildfire and Landscape-Scale Forest Restoration in the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, Annual Progress Report to the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.
  • Roemer, G.W., and J.W. Cain III. 2018. An assessment of the landscape genetic structure of the western continental golden eagle population. Project Status Report to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. | Download |
  • Harrity, E. J., and C. J. Conway. 2018. Dispersal and migration behavior of Yuma Ridgway’s rails. 2018 Annual Report. Wildlife Research Report #2018-1. Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Moscow, ID. 
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Theses and Dissertations

  • Holley, C.T. 2018. Habitat suitability and detection probability of Longnose Darter (Percina nasuta) in Oklahoma. Master's Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
  • Cole, N. W. 2018. Values of consumptive outdoor-recreation participants. Ph.D. dissertation. University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Download
  • Ruskamp, C. N. 2018. Landscape structure and dynamics of recreational fisheries. M.S. thesis. University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Download
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Projects by Agency


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 154

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 693

Scientific Publications: 1962

Presentations: 4417

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey