Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Pennsylvania Research Activities

Releasing a white-tailed deer captured in a Clover trap

Unit personnel conduct interdisciplinary applied and basic research in fish and wildlife management and contribute to graduate education. The Unit's research emphasis is on (1) integrating ecology and management of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, (2) evaluating the effects of human activities on wildlife, fish, and their habitats, and (3) providing guidelines for restoring and maintaining important terrestrial and aquatic communities.

Pennsylvania Active Projects

Pennsylvania Completed Projects

Pennsylvania Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Gigliotti, L. C., B. Jones, M. Lovallo, and D. R. Diefenbach. 2018. Snowshoe hare multi-level habitat use in Pennsylvania in relation to prescribed burning. Journal of Wildlife Management 82:435-444 DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21375.  | Download  | 
  • Gigliotti, L. C., and D. R. Diefenbach. 2018. Risky behavior and its effect on survival: snowshoe hare behavior under varying moonlight conditions. Journal of Zoology (in press).  | Download  | 
  • Tucker, M. et al. 2018. Moving in the Anthropocene: Global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements. Science 359:466-469. DOI: 10.1126/science.aam9712  | Download  | 
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Pennsylvania Technical Publications

  • Carlson, C.M., M.C. Harris, N.T. Nguyen, B.J. Richards, D.P. Walsh, and W. D. Walter.
    Chronic Wasting Disease: Status, Science, and Management Support by the U.S. Geological Survey. U.S. Geological Survey, 2017-####, XX pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/XXXXX
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  • Stainbrook, D. P., and D. R. Diefenbach. 2012. Estimating white-tailed deer abundance at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR—2012/626. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. | Download |
  • Walter, W.D., C. W. Anderson, and K.C. VerCauteren. Recommendations for on-farm wildlife mitigation practices to prevent transmission of bovine tuberculosis between livestock and white-tailed deer. Final Report, Michigan Department of Agriculture-Animal Industry Division.
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Pennsylvania Theses and Dissertations

  • Williamson, L. T. 2017. Monitoring wild ring-necked pheasant population restoration in Pennsylvania. M.S. Thesis, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA. Download
  • Gigliotti, L. C. 2016. Ecology, habitat use, and winter thermal dynamics of snowshoe hares in Pennsylvania. M.S. Thesis, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. Download
  • Carrollo, E.M. 2016. Exploration of methods for analyses of resource selection using location-based data. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, XX pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 86

Presentations: 118

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