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

  • Aikens, EO, MJ Kauffman, JA Merkle, SPH Dwinnell, GL Fralick, & KL Monteith. The greenscape shapes surfing of resource waves in a large migratory herbivore. for Ecology Letters
  • Olefeldt, D., E.S. Euskirchen, J. Harden, E. Kane, A.D. McGuire, M.P. Waldrop, and M.R. Turetsky. 2017. A decade of boreal rich fen greenhouse gas fluxes in response to natural and experimental water table variability. Global Change Biology 23:2428-2440, doi:10.1111/gcb.13612.
  • Rashel, R., Patiño, R. Influence of genetic background, salinity, and inoculum size on growth of the itchthyotoxic golden alga (Prymnesium parvum). Harmful Algae, accepted.
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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 |
  • Carlson, C.M., M.C. Harris, N.T. Nguyen, B.J. Richards, D.P. Walsh, and W. D. Walter.
    Chronic Wasting Disease: Status, Science, and Management Support by the U.S. Geological Survey. U.S. Geological Survey, 2016-####, XX pages,
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  • 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.
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Theses and Dissertations

  • Torvinen, E.S. 2017. Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) otoliths as indicators of past climate patterns and growth in arctic lakes. MS Thesis, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 97 pp.
  • Concepcion, C.B. May 2017. Movement ecology of Philippine birds of prey. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University.
  • Paulson, M.D. May 2017. Space use and habitat associations of long-distance migratory first-year golden eagles. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown.
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Projects by Agency


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 107

Masters Students: 251

Phd Students: 159

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 307

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 663

Scientific Publications: 1895

Presentations: 4276

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