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

Research Associate, Alissa Gigliotti, deploying rainbow trout sentinel fish cages in the White River, near Meeker, Colorado

The Unit works toward three basic objectives: research, education, and technical assistance. The Unit emphasizes research related to specific management problems where results have a high probability of being applied. The program remains flexible to reflect changing cooperators' needs. The long-term fishery effort emphasizes a diversity of applied management projects having broad statewide and regional applicability. The wildlife component of the Unit emphasizes sampling and analysis of quantitative methodologies for management. The fisheries and wildlife activities are diverse and integrated with Unit cooperators. The results of research are transferred through formal graduate teaching and technical extension.

Overall Unit direction is provided by a Coordinating Committee with representatives from the cooperators (USGS, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado State University, USFWS and the Wildlife Management Institute.) Day to day operation of the Unit is provided by Dana Winkelman, Unit Leader and two Assistant Unit Leaders: William Kendall and Mevin Hooten. These individuals are employees of USGS and have faculty appointments, teach formal graduate courses, and advise and direct graduate students and their research. Research programs are the result of efforts by Unit people in obtaining contracts or grants from federal, state, or private organizations. Most frequently, the research is done by graduate students while earning advanced degrees. Their degrees, Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy, are granted through the Department of Fish,Wildlife and Conservation Biology (formerly Fishery and Wildlife Biology).

Colorado Active Projects

Colorado Completed Projects

Colorado Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Nichols, J. D., W. L. Kendall, and G. S. Boomer. 2019. Accumulating evidence in ecology: once is not enough. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5836
  • Scharf, H.R., M.B. Hooten, R.R. Wilson, G.M. Durner, T.C. Atwood (2019). Accounting for phenology in the analysis of animal movement. Biometrics, 75: 810-820.
  • Hooten, M.B. and E. Cooch. (2019). Comparing ecological models. Marcot, B., A. Tri, and L. Brennan (eds). In: Quantitative Analysis in Wildlife Science. Johns Hopkins University Press.
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Colorado Technical Publications

  • Miller, R.S., M. Farnsworth, W. Kendall, P. Doherty, J.D. Nichols, G.C. White, K.P. Burnham, A.B. Franklin, J. Freier. 2007. Risk-based Targeted Surveillance: Identifying Areas and Populations of Importance for Surviellance of High Path Avian Influenza in the United States. GisVet2007 Conference, held August 20-24,2007, in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is an accepted "Regular" paper; access at:
  • Farnsworth, M., W. L. Kendall, R. Miller, P. F. Doherty, Jr., J. D. Nichols, G. C. White, K. P. Burnham, and A. B. Franklin. 2006. A preliminary sampling protocol for early detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in environmental samples from migratory waterfowl in the United States for 2007. Preliminary report to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, 33pp.
  • Farnsworth, M., W. Kendall, R. Miller, P. Doherty, J.D. Nichols, G.C. White, K.P. Burnham and A.B. Franklin. 2007. A preliminary sampling protocol for early detection of highly pathogenic avain influenza in environmental samples from migratory waterfowl in the United States for 2007. USDA-APHIS-WS National Wildlife Research Center, Colorado State University and USGS. (A report from the Sampling Design Committee for Detecting Avian Influenza in Environmental Samples, USDA, USGS and CSU).
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Colorado Theses and Dissertations

  • D'Amico, T.W. Stonecat ecology in St. Vrain Creek, CO. Master's Thesis (88 pp), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO Download
  • Brost, B.M. (2016). Statistical models for animal telemetry data with applications to harbor seals in the Gulf of Alaska. PhD Dissertation. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
  • Buderman, F.E. (2017). Statistical methods for modeling the movement and space use of carnivores. PhD Dissertation. Colorado State University. Fort Collins, CO.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 17

Scientific Publications: 81

Presentations: 85


Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  2. Colorado State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute