Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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The Beauchamp Lab enjoying a hike to Ingall's Lake on a non-work related excursion.

The unit's fisheries research program focuses on the management of aquatic habitats for shellfish and warm- and cold-water fish including anadromous salmonids. Research focuses on the requirements of individual species, the effects of habitat alteration (physical and chemical) on individuals, populations, and communities, and fish/wildlife interactions. Expertise of Unit staff includes freshwater, estuarine, and marine (near coastal) habitats. In addition, the Assistant Unit Leader in Fisheries served as a Federal Court advisor on Native American/fisheries issues. Like the fisheries program, the Units' wildlife research focuses on the habitat requirements of individual species as well as the aquatic wildlife within crop and forest lands, and wildlife within near-coastal communities. Marine mammalogy and wildlife toxicology are major interests of Unit wildlife staff. Although the WACFWRU focuses its research on resource problems within the State of Washington, it may also conduct/support research on regional, national, and international issues that affect fish and wildlife populations or their habitats.

Washington Active Projects

Washington Completed Projects

Washington Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Gerber, B.D., S.J. Converse, E. Muths, H.J. Crockett, B.A. Mosher, and L.L. Bailey. 2017. Identifying species conservation strategies to reduce disease-associated declines. Conservation Letters. doi:10.1111/conl.12393.
  • Clement MJ, SJ Converse, and JA Royle. 2017. Accounting for imperfect detection of groups and individuals when estimating abundance. Ecology and Evolution 7:7304–7310.
  • Cummings J.W., S.J. Converse, C.T. Moore, D.R. Smith, C.T. Nichols, N.L. Allan, and C.M. O'Meilia. 2017. A projection of lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) populations range-wide. USGS Open File Report 2017-1071.
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Washington Technical Publications

  • Grue, C.E. and J.M. Grassley. 2013. Environmental fate and persistence of imidacloprid following applications to control burrowing shrimp in Willapa Bay, Washington. Report to the Willapa Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association. 91 pp.
  • Reeves, R.R., R.L. Brownell, Jr., J.G. Cooke, B. Dicks, G.P. Donovan, D.P. Nowacek, G. Tsidulko, G.R. VanBlaricom, A.I. Vedenev, D.W. Weller, and A.V. Yablokov. 2012. Report of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel at its eleventh meeting. 12-14 February 2012, Geneva, Switzerland. International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 66 pages.
  • Dicks, B., G.R. VanBlaricom, D.W. Weller, G. Tsidulko, and R.R. Reeves. 2012. Report of the Environmental Monitoring Task Force, Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, at its first meeting. 7-9 December 2011, Geneva, Switzerland. International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 22 pages.
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Washington Theses and Dissertations

  • Schoen, E. R. 2015. Linking individual-level foraging interactions of piscivores to food-web
    dynamics in pelagic systems. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Washington. 229 pages. Download
  • Sorel, M. H. 2015. Food–web implications of reintroducing anadromous salmonids in reservoirs
    on the North Fork Lewis River, Washington. MS Thesis, University of Washington. 123 pages. Download
  • McCoy, A.K. 2015. An Assessment of the Impact of Non-Native Lake Trout Salvelinus namaycush and Mysis diluviana on the Growth and Survival of Pelagic Planktivores in Lake Tahoe. MS Thesis. University of Washington. Download
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 0

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 29

Presentations: 26


Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Washington
  4. Washington Department of Ecology
  5. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  6. Washington Department of Natural Resources
  7. Washington State University
  8. Wildlife Management Institute