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

  • Kramer, G.R., H.M. Streby, S.M. Peterson, J.A. Lehman, D.A. Buehler, B.P. Wood, D.J. McNeil, J.L. Larkin, and D.E. Andersen. 2017. Nonbreeding isolation and population-specific migration patterns among three populations of Golden-winged Warblers. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 119: 108-121.  | Download  | 
  • Small, R.J., B.M. Brost, M.B. Hooten, M. Castellote, and J. Mondragon. (2017). Anthropogenic noise in Cook Inlet beluga critical habitat: Potential for spatial displacement. Endangered Species Research, 32: 43-57.
  • Hefley, T.J., M.B. Hooten, E.M. Hanks, R.E. Russell, and D.P. Walsh. (2017). The Bayesian spatial group lasso. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics, 22: 42-59.
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Technical Publications

  • Moffitt, C. M., and F. Wilhelm. 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.
  • Moffitt, C. M. 2017. Final Report for Contract. Guidance Documents: Continued Support to Improve Operations of Fish Hatcheries and Field Sites to Reduce the Impact or Prevent Establishment of New Zealand Mudsnails and Other Invasive Mollusks. Prepared for USFWS, Project Officer and Agency Contact: Joanne M. Grady, Region 6 AIS Coordinator
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,

    Final Report
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  • 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.
  • Civiello, A.P. 2016. Effect of shallow-water habitat quantity on young-of-year shovelnose sturgeon prey use and condition along a longitudinal gradient. Master's Thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 80 pages. Download
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Projects by Agency


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 113

Masters Students: 255

Phd Students: 161

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 273

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 674

Scientific Publications: 1942

Presentations: 4217


Featured Project

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  1. AFS Journals
  2. TWS Publications

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