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

  • Schall, M.K., M.L. Bartron, T. Wertz, J. Niles, V.S. Blazer, and T. Wagner. 2017. Evaluation of genetic population structure of Smallmouth Bass in the Susquehanna River Basin, PA. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 37:729-740.
  • Sweka, J.A., L.A. Davis, T. Wagner. 2017. Fall and winter survival of brook and brown trout in a North-Central Pennsylvania watershed. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 146:744-752.  | Download  | 
  • Vidal, T. E., B. J. Irwin, T. Wagner, L. G. Rudstam, J. R. Jackson, and J. R. Bence. 2017. Using Variance Structure to Quantify Responses to Perturbation in Fish Catches. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 146:584-593. [Featured Article]  | Abstract | 
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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, 2016-####, 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

  • 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.
  • Forman, N.S. 2015. River otter population monitoring in Northeastern Pennsylvania using non-invasive genetic sampling and spatial capture-recapture models. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 77 pp. Download
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 19

Scientific Publications: 79

Presentations: 113

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