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Missouri Research Activities

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Research conducted by Missouri Unit scientists are strongly linked to the information need of the cooperators. Much of the research involves graduate students or post docs that develop a thesis, dissertation, and/or manuscripts from the research. Current projects by Missouri Unit scientists include determining the role of private elands for migrating waterfowl, evaluation of harvest regulations for geese, how climate change will affect fish habitat, refining ecological flow metrics for streams, conservation planning for large landscapes, endangered species recovery efforts in the Midwest and Southwest, and evaluation of habitat augmentation efforts for sportfish.
Because Missouri Unit scientists meet the information needs of the cooperators, funding and partners from the research are often from state and federal agencies such as the Missouri Department of Conservation, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, USDA, USGS, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. Much of the work is also linked to larger-scale initiatives by agencies such as Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative, and the National Fish Habitat Initiative

Missouri Active Projects

Missouri Completed Projects

Missouri Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Kesler, D.C, E.B. Webb, and J.R. Walters. Conservation Tools and Strategies, Chapter 27 in Ornithology: Foundation, Critique and Application.
  • MacPherson, M.P., E.B. Webb. A. Raedeke, D. Mengel and F. Nelson. A review of Bayesian belief networks as a decision-support tool for wetland conservation: investigating the potential for water birds as umbrella taxa
  • Fowler, D.N., E.B. Webb, M.P. Vrtiska and K.A. Hobson. In review. A multi-isotope (δ13C, δ15N, δ34S, δ2H) approach to establishing migratory connectivity in Lesser Snow Geese: Tracking an overabundant species. PLoS ONE
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Missouri Technical Publications

  • Dillard, J.G., A. Rosenberger, and E. Tracy-Smith. In Press. Still Hooked: Our First 50 Years. Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, ISBN 978-1-61600-518-4. | Download |
  • Distribution and Abundance of Fishes in the Kansas River. Final report to Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
  • Bouska, W. W., C. P. Paukert, and T. Keane. 2009. Inventory and assessment of road-stream crossings for aquatic organism passage, with recommendations for culvert design. Final report, Kansas Department of Transportation, KTRANS Program, Project Number KSU 07-6, Topeka.
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Missouri Theses and Dissertations

  • Guton, J. EVALUATING SAMPLING METHODS AND INVESTIGATING DISTRIBUTION AND RICHNESS OF FISH AND AMPHIBIANS IN MISSOURI WETLANDS. M.S. Thesis, University of Missouri
  • Mott, R. 2017. Thermal Preferences and Water Quality Tolerances of the endangered Topeka shiner. Master's Thesis Submitted to the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
  • Schrum, M. 2017. Development of standardized and validated visual sampling methods for assessing population metrics and recruitment of rare and threatened mussel species in Missouri. M.S. Thesis Submitted to the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 7

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 81

Presentations: 262

 

Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Missouri Department of Conservation
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Missouri
  5. Wildlife Management Institute