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

  • Sun, C.C., A.K. Fuller, M.P. Hare, and J. Hurst. 2017. Evaluating population expansion of a black bear population using noninvasive, genetic spatial capture-recapture. Journal of Wildlife Management.
  • Crum, N.J., A.K. Fuller, C.S. Sutherland, E.G. Cooch, and J. Hurst. 2017. Estimating Occupancy Probability Of Moose In Northern New York Using Hunter Survey Data. Journal of Wildlife Management.
  • Moon, J.A. D.A. Haukos, and W.C. Conway. 2016. Seasonal survival of adult female mottled ducks in the Texas Chenier Plain Region. Journal of Wildlife Management 81:461-469.
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Technical Publications

  • Mapes, R.L., and Mather, M.E., 2017. Young of year largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) relative abundance and diet: role of habitat type, spatial context, and size. Final Report. | Download |
  • Moffitt, C. M., and F. Wilhelm. 2017. Risks and Effectiveness of Benthic Barriers as Tools to Eradicate Infestations of Asian clams (Corbicula fluminea) in the Ellisport Bay Treatment Area of Lake Pend Oreille Idaho. Final Report SSP project.
  • Roemer, G.W., and J.W. Cain III. 2016. An assessment of the landscape genetic structure of the western continental golden eagle population. Annual Project Status Report to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. | Download |
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Theses and Dissertations

  • Ogden, S. 2016. Grassland bird and butterfly response to sericea lespedeza control using fire and grazing. Thesis, Kansas State University, Manhattan.
  • Moore, J. D. 2016. Migration ecology of American woodcock (Scolopax minor). M.S. Thesis. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville.
  • Bernasconi, S. 2016. Eastern oyster physiological responses to acute and chronic exposure to suspended sediments. MS Thesis. Louisiana State University.
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Projects by Agency


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 113

Masters Students: 254

Phd Students: 165

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 275

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 676

Scientific Publications: 1903

Presentations: 4205


Featured Project

Each pregnant collared moose is visited in July and late August each year to determine the number of calves-at-heel Collared moose


  1. AFS Journals
  2. TWS Publications

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