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Georgia Research Activities

A Georgia Unit research technician using radio telemetry to track robust redhorse in the Oconee River

The Georgia Unit conducts research on a variety of topics including broad areas of life history, population dynamics, ecology, and management of important game and non-game fish and wildlife through the region. Recent research has been in partnership with a variety of agencies including the GA Department of Natural Resources, GA Power Company, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Nemours Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Georgia Active Projects

Georgia Completed Projects

Georgia Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Lawson, A.J., Clinton T. Moore, Thomas R. Rainwater, Frances M. Nilsen, Philip M. Wilkinson, Russell H. Lowers, Louis J. Guillette Jr., K.W. McFadden, and Patrick G.R. Jodice. 2020. Nonlinear patterns in mercury bioaccumulation in American alligators are a function of predicted age. Science of the Total Environment 707:135103. <a href=""></a>
  • TenHarmsel, H. J., B. B. Boley, B. J. Irwin, and C. A. Jennings. 2019. An importance-satisfaction analysis of trout license holders in Georgia. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 39(6):1227-1241.<br>
  • Daly, J. A., K. A. Buhlmann, B. D. Todd, C. T. Moore, J. M. Peaden, and T. D. Tuberville. 2019. Survival and movements of head-started Mojave desert tortoises. Journal of Wildlife Management 83:1700-1710. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21758
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Georgia Technical Publications

  • Nuse, B. L., R. L. Bormann, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, and C. T. Moore. 2017. Habitat models and predictions for gopher tortoises in Georgia. Final Report to USGS Cooperative Research Units Program.
  • Sanchez, G. and C. A. Jennings. 2015. Identifying and Evaluating the Distribution of Fishes, Crab, and Shrimp in the Savannah River Estuary. Final Report (project number: W912HZ-14-2-0001) submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers. Savannah District. | Download |
  • Sanchez, G. and C. A. Jennings. 2014. Identifying and Evaluating the Distribution of Fish in the Savannah River Estuary. Quarterly Summery - August 2014. Submitted to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah, GA. | Download |
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Georgia Theses and Dissertations

  • Gaya, H. E. 2019. Enhancing line-transect distance sampling to increase detectability of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in population surveys. M.S. Thesis, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Lawson, Abigail J. 2019. Reducing uncertainties in conservation decision-making for American alligators. Dissertation. Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA. 233 pp.
  • McKee, R. K. 2019. An island of misfit tortoises: Evaluating the use of waif tortoises to recover populations on the brink. M.S. thesis, University of Georgia, Athens.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 12

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 15

Scientific Publications: 43

Presentations: 158


Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

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