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

Kate McFadden and green sea turtle at Palmyra Atoll

The Cooperative Research Units Program conducts research related to fish, wildlife, and natural resource management. The programs offer Federal and State agencies access not only to unit scientists, but also to university expertise and facilities available at each of the 40 cooperating universities. Most research projects are carried out by graduate students participating with and/or under the direction of unit or other university scientists.

Research expertise at the SC Unit includes include ecology and conservation of both terrestrial and marine wildlife, reproductive energetics, foraging ecology, conservation physiology,population modeling, and disease ecology.

South Carolina Active Projects

South Carolina Completed Projects

South Carolina Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Converse, S. J., S. Servanty, C. T. Moore, and M. C. Runge. 2018. Population dynamics of reintroduced Whooping Cranes. Pages 139-160 in J. B. French, S. J. Converse, and J. E. Austin, eds. Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation. Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
  • Ferguson, L.M., Y. Satge, J. Tavano, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2018. Seabird colony registry and atlas for the Southeastern U.S. Final Report for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Clemson, SC.
  • Crawford, B. A., C. T. Moore, T. M. Norton, and J. C. Maerz. 2018. Integrated analysis for population estimation, management impact evaluation, and decision-making for a declining species. Biological Conservation 222:33-43.  | Abstract |  Download  | 
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South Carolina Technical Publications

  • Nuse, B. L., R. L. Bormann, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, and C. T. Moore. 2017. Habitat models and predictions for gopher tortoises in Georgia. Final Report to USGS Cooperative Research Units Program.
  • Gannon, J.J., T. L. Shaffer, and C. T. Moore. 2013. Native Prairie Adaptive Management: A multi region adaptive approach to invasive plant management on Fish and Wildlife Service owned native prairies: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1279, 184 p. with appendixes, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20131279
  • Jodice, P.G.R., J. Tavano, W. Mackin. 2013. Chapter 8: Marine and coastal birds and bats. Pages 475-587 In: Michel, J. (ed.). South Atlantic information resources: data search and literature synthesis. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Study BOEM 2013-01157.
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South Carolina Theses and Dissertations

  • Wilson, A. W. 2018. The impacts of extreme high tide events on sea turtle nesting along the Georgia barrier islands. M.S. Thesis, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Daly, J. A. 2017. Indoor-rearing as a component of head-starting the Mojave Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii). M.S. thesis, University of Georgia, Athens.
  • Burns, L. 2016. Seasonal Habitat Use and Activity of Bats in Relation to Prescribed Fire and Environmental Conditions. MS Thesis, Clemson University.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 10

Scientific Publications: 38

Presentations: 167

South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Clemson University
  2. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute