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

  • 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
  • Buchalski, M.R., C.W. Epps, J.W. Cain III, and L.M. Thompson. 2018. Evaluating Adaptive Capacity of Desert Bighorn Sheep to Climate Change: Identifying Genetic Links to Climate Adaptations. Final Report to USGS Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.
  • Burak, G.S., A.R. Goldberg, J.M. Galloway, D. Evans Mack, and C.J. Conway. 2018. Partner-based research collaboration guiding on-the-ground conservation efforts for a threatened Idaho endemic - the northern Idaho ground squirrel. The Wildlife Professional 12(5):39-42.
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Technical Publications

  • 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. 
  • Bonar, S. A. 2018. Arizona Game and Fish Department leads adoption of AFS standard fish sampling methods in Arizona waters. Fish Soup. AZ-NM Chapter American Fisheries Society Newsletter Summer 2018:14
  • Peterson, J.T., S. Whitlock, and A. Duarte. 2018. Evaluation of California Central Valley Project and State Water Project Fish Salvage Estimators. Draft task Completion Report to Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, August 2018, 23 pp.
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Theses and Dissertations

  • Cole, N. W. 2018. Values of consumptive outdoor-recreation participants. Ph.D. dissertation. University of Nebraska—Lincoln.
  • Ruskamp, C. N. 2018. Landscape structure and dynamics of recreational fisheries. M.S. thesis. University of Nebraska—Lincoln.
  • Bailey, O.A. 2018. Extrinsic and intrinsic factors associated with reproductive success of Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) at East Sand Island, Columbia River estuary. M.S. thesis, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. 142 pp. Download
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Projects by Agency


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 155

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 708

Scientific Publications: 1958

Presentations: 4428

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey