Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Electrofishing brown and rainbow trout in Spruce Creek in central Pennsylvania

Admission Requirements and Procedures - Prospective students are encouraged to contact Unit personnel directly regarding graduate research opportunities. Unit staff are graduate faculty members in the School of Forest Resources and the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Consult the Graduate Degree Programs section of the School of Forest Resources website or the IGDP Ecology website (see links to the right) for complete details about each program and application procedures.

Financial Support - Graduate students associated with the Unit are typically supported by external funds in the form of grants or research contracts. Fully supported graduate students receive a monthly stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance.

Courses Taught

  • Quantitative Methods in Ecology (Tyler Wagner 2017)
  • Advances in Ecology (Duane Diefenbach 2016)
  • Population estimation and modeling (Duane Diefenbach 2016)
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Training Offered

  • Introduction to R and hierarchical models was given to biologists at the PA Department of Environmental Protection. (Tyler Wagner September 2016)
  • This was an invited workshop on Bayesian hierarchical modeling. The course was attended by faculty, students, postdocs, and state biologists. The workshop was held at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. (Tyler Wagner May 2016)
  • An overview of modeling left-censored contaminant data using hierarchical Bayesian models. (Tyler Wagner September 2015)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 80

Presentations: 119

Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  2. Pennsylvania Game Commission
  3. Pennsylvania State University
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  5. U.S. Geological Survey
  6. Wildlife Management Institute