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

MS student, Alison Anderson, collecting macroinvertebrate samples

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 by the Coordinating Committee overseeing each unit.

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

West Virginia Active Projects

West Virginia Completed Projects

West Virginia Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Rolek, B. W., D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B.Wood. 2018. Regenerating clearcuts combined with postharvest forestry treatments promote habitat for breeding and post-breeding spruce-fir avian assemblages in the Atlantic Northern Forest. Forest Ecology and Management 427: 392-413. Data DOI: 10.1111/jav.01779;
  • Frantz, M.W., P.B. Wood, and G.T. Merovich, Jr. Demographic characteristics of an avian predator in response to its aquatic prey in watersheds impacted by shale gas development. PLoSONE
  • Rizzo, A.A., C.T. Rota, P.A. Thompson, D.J. Brown, and S.A. Welsh. 2018. Effects of an Extreme Flood Event on Federally Endangered Diamond Darter Abundances. American Midland Naturalist 180:108-118.
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West Virginia Technical Publications

  • Loman, Z., D. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2016. Evaluation of representative bird species’ Landscape Capability models developed by the Designing Sustainable Landscapes project in the 13-state, northeastern region of the United States. Annual report of project activity to the USFWS. 7 pp.
  • Rolek, B., D. Harrison, C. Loftin, and P. Wood. 2016. Bird communities of coniferous forests in the Acadian region; their habitat associations and responses to forest management. Annual report to the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. 14pp.
  • Mizel, J. and P.B. Wood. 2011. Songbird response to reforestation of mined land with hardwood trees (abstract). Journal of the American Chestnut Foundation 2(25):11.
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West Virginia Theses and Dissertations

  • Aldinger, K.R. August 2018. Ecology and Management of Golden-winged Warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) and associated avian species in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University, Morgantown.
  • Farwell, L.S. August 2018. Songbird response to forest disturbance due to unconventional shale gas development in the Marcellus-Utica region: a multi-scale analysis. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University, Morgantown.
  • Braham, Ryan. May 2018. An examination of cyanotoxins and environmental estrogens in the middle and upper Potomac River Drainage, USA. PhD Dissertation. West Virginia University. Document id=11911.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 60

Presentations: 116


West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
  4. West Virginia University
  5. Wildlife Management Institute