Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Students learn about sea turtles

The Florida Unit has the mission to study wetland ecosystems within the state. Florida is a low relief, sub-tropical peninsula that is ecologically fragile. Though abundant, Florida's water resources are under increasing pressure from a burgeoning human population. Domestic, recreational, and development needs threaten Florida's water/wetland resources. In following its program directive, the Florida Unit has developed a research program that addresses management issues with approaches spanning species to ecosystem perspectives. Specifically, this Unit conducts detailed investigations of aquatic-terrestrial ecosystem interfaces and their component fish and wildlife resources.

The Florida Cooperative Unit offers numerous classes to graduate students at the University of Florida that focus on wildlife management issues and techniques that are pertinent to Florida's ecosystem.

Courses Taught

  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Seminar This is the required seminar course for all MS and PhD students, immersing them in the Departmental Seminar Series through contact with the instructors and visiting seminar speakers. Students are afforded the opportunity to interact with invited scientists before, during, and after their visits, and are expected to critically consider the content as well as the delivery of the presentations. (Raymond Carthy 2018)
  • Seminar Series: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (Abby Powell 2018)
  • Scientific Writing, Editing, and Revising in the Biological Sciences (Abby Powell 2015)
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Training Offered

  • Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior (Raymond Carthy February 2017)
  • Scientific Writing and Publishing Workshop. Full day course offered at the 5th Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group meeting in Santa Marta, Colombia, 16 September 2013. (Abby Powell, September 2013)
  • Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior (Raymond Carthy June 2002)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 7

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 8

Scientific Publications: 25

Presentations: 40


Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Florida
  5. Wildlife Management Institute