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Estimating the distribution and density of fishers in an expanding population in New York using noninvasive methods


January 2013 - March 2017


To estimate fisher density across the southern tier of New York, we are conducting a noninvasive, genetic spatially explicit capture-recapture study.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Fuller, A. K. 2014. Decision Making in Natural Resource Management: A Structured Adaptive Approach. Michael J. Conroy and James T. Peterson.2013. Wiley‐Blackwell, Oxford, UK. 456 pp. $99.95 paperback. ISBN: 978‐0‐470‐67174‐0. The Journal of Wildlife Management 78:175-176. Download  | 
  • Linden, D.W., A. K. Fuller, J. A. Royle, and M.P. Hare. 2017. Examining the occupancy-density relationship for a low density carnivore. Journal of Applied Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12883.


  • Fuller, A.K., and J.A. Royle. Estimating site occupancy of fishers in an expanding population. North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Missoula, Montana. 15 July, 2014.
  • Fuller, A.K. Estimating the distribution of fishers in an expanding population in New York using noninvasive methods. American Wildlife Conservation Foundation. DeWitt, New York. 18 June, 2015.
  • Linden, D.W., A.K. Fuller, and J.A. Royle. 2015. Incorporating uncertain identity in spatial capture-recapture: application to fisher in New York. The Wildlife Society 22nd Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 47

Presentations: 85



Funding Agencies

  • Cooperative Research Units
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Cornell University
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute