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

Bryan Spindler with juvenile pallid sturgeon

The Cooperative Research Units Program conducts research on a wide range of disciplines 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.

The research may be of local, regional, national, or international interest. The research programs conducted by units are approved as directed by the Coordinating Committee overseeing each unit.

Check out our current and completed research projects by clicking a link below.

South Dakota Active Projects

South Dakota Completed Projects

South Dakota Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Selch, T.M., S.R. Chipps, B.G. Blackwell, and R.P. Hanten. Influence of Season, Sex, Age and Diet Composition on Mercury Concentration in Walleye Sander vitreus. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 77:336-343.
  • Gigliotti, L. M., and Sweikert, L. A. 2019. Wildlife value orientations of landowners from five states in the upper Midwest, USA. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 24(5):433-445.
  • Sweikert, L. A. , and L. M. Gigliotti. 2019. Understanding conservation decisions of agriculture producers. Journal of Wildlife Management 83(4):993-1004.
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South Dakota Technical Publications

  • Kientz, J. 2016. Survival, abundance and relative predation of wild rainbow trout in the Deerfield Reservoir system. Final Report, Project F-15-R, Study 1525, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, Pierre, SD
  • Deslauriers, D., S.R. Chipps, B.D.S. Graeb, and R.A. Klumb. 2015. Development and application of a spatially-explicit model for estimating growth of age-0 Pallid Sturgeon in the Missouri River. Final report submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, Omaha, Nebraska, 169 pp.
  • Heironimus, L.B., S.R. Chipps, B.D.S. Graeb, R.A. Klumb. 2015. Development and application of a larval Pallid Sturgeon bioenergetics model. Final report submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, Omaha, Nebraska, 69 pp.
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South Dakota Theses and Dissertations

  • Sundmark, A.P. 2019. Economic and social values associated with small South Dakota Lakes. PhD. dissertation, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD. 153 pp.
  • Mrnak, J.T. 2019. Effect of water velocity and temperature on energy use, behavior, and mortality of Pallid Sturgeon Scaphirhynchus alba larvae. MS thesis, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD. 80 p.
  • Kolstrom, R.L. 2019. Identifying an Optimal Bald Eagle Monitoring Program for Southwest Alaska National Parks. M.S. Thesis. South Dakota State University. 116 pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 55

Presentations: 119

South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
  2. South Dakota State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute