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

  • Kramer, G.R., D.E. Andersen, D.A. Buehler, P.B. Wood, S.M. Peterson, J.A. Lehman, K.R. Aldinger, L.P. Bulluck, S. Harding, J.A. Jones, J.P Loegering, C. Smalling, R. Vallender, and H.M. Streby. 2018. Population trends in Vermivora warblers are linked to strong migratory connectivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Frantz, M.W., P.B. Wood, J. Sheehan, and G. George. 2018. Demographic response of Louisiana Waterthrush, a stream obligate songbird of conservation concern, to shale gas development. Condor 120:265-282. DOI: 10.1650/CONDOR-17-130.1
  • Aldinger, K.R., P.B. Wood, C.M. Johnson. 2017. Refined conservation strategies for Golden-winged Warblers in the West Virginia highlands with implications for the broader avian community. Condor 119:762-786.
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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

  • Rizzo, Austin. 2017. Development of techniques for assessment of population characteristics of the federally endangered Diamond Darter. PhD Dissertation, WVU.
  • Concepcion, C.B. May 2017. Movement ecology of Philippine birds of prey. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University.
  • Paulson, M.D. May 2017. Space use and habitat associations of long-distance migratory first-year golden eagles. MS Thesis, West Virginia University, Morgantown.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 13

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 61

Presentations: 109


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