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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

  • Beatty, W. S., D. C. Kesler, E. B. Webb, L. W. Naylor, A. H. Raedeke, D. D. Humburg, J.M Coluccy, and G.J. Soulliere. How will predicted land use change affect waterfowl spring stopover ecology? Inferences from an agent-based model
  • Whitney, J., J. Whittier, C. Paukert, J. Olden, and A. Strecker. Submitted. The influence of fish traits on forcasted range shifts of arid-land fishes in response to climate change. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.
  • Myers, B.E., Lynch, A.J., Bunnell, D.B., Chu, C., Falke, J.A., Kovach, R.P., Krabbenhoft, T.J., Kwak, T.J., and C.P. Paukert. 2017. Global synthesis of the projected and documented effects of climate change on inland fishes. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 27:339–361.DOI 10.1007/s11160-017-9476-z
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Missouri Technical Publications

  • 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.
  • Marmorek, D., P. Dixon, D. Galat, R. Jacobson, K. Loftin, and J. Nestler. 2009. Independent Science Advisory Committee (ISAC): 2009 Report on the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PPRIP). Prepared for the PPRIP Governance Committee.
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Missouri Theses and Dissertations

  • Laske, S.M. 2017. Surface water connectivity of Arctic lakes drives patterns of fish species richness and composition, and food web structure. PhD dissertation, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 171 pp.
  • Schepker, T.J. 2017. Evaluating the relationship between local food availability and wetland landscape structure in determining dabbling duck habitat use during spring migration. M.S. thesis, University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • Hidden, B.H. 2016. Linking waterfowl distribution and abundance to spatial and temporal distribution and abundance of wetland habitat. M.S. thesis, University of Missouri-Columbia.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 12

Phd Students: 7

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 5

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 19

Scientific Publications: 68

Presentations: 253


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