Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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New York Unit student Mike Wegan, with anesthetized adult black bear captured as part of collaborative eff ort with the U.S. Army’s Fort Drum Military Installation in northern New York and New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation to assess population size, movements, and foraging habitats of bears

The Cooperative Research Units Program conducts research on a wide range of disciplines related to fish, wildlife, and natural resource management. Our 40 Units collectively conduct research on virtually every type of North American ecological community. Most research projects are carried out by graduate students participating with and/or under the direction of unit or other university scientists. Collectively, the Units typically have more than 1,000 research projects under way and generate 250-300 scientific publications annually.

Unit research may be of local, regional, national, or international interest. The research programs conducted by units are approved as directed by the Coordinating Committee overseeing each unit.

Check out our current and completed research projects by clicking a link below. You can also find a complete list of publications by clicking on the Publications link on the main menu.

Active Projects

Completed Projects

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Bard, S.M., and J.W. Cain III. 2020. Investigation of bed and den site selection by American black bears (<i>Ursus americanus</i>) in a landscape impacted by forest restoration treatments and wildfires. Forest Ecology and Management 460 Article 117904.  | Download  | 
  • Pearman-Gillman, S, J. E. Katz, R. Mickey, J. Murdoch, and T. Donovan. 2020. Predicting wildlife distribution patterns in New England USA with expert elicitation techniques. Global Ecology and Conservation 21:e00853.  | Abstract |  Download  |  Publisher Website | 
  • 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>
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Technical Publications

  • Wang H, Enwright NM, Darnell KM, La Peyre MK, Cebrian J, Kim SC, Bunch B, Stelly SJ, Couvillion BR, Dalyander PS, MIckey RC, Segura M. 2020. Chapter C. Seagrass Habitat Suitability Modeling for the Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment at Dauphin Island. <b>IP-113355</b>
  • Wang H, Enwright NM, Soniat M, Hermann JE, La PEyre MK, Kim SC, Bunch B, Stelly SJ, Dalyander PS, Mickey RC. 2020. Chapter B. Oyster Habitat Suitability Modeling for the Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment at Dauphin Island. <b>IP-113347</b>
  • Bonar, S. A. In Press. "Making a difference" - A few tips. Presidents Hook. Fisheries, November Issue
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Theses and Dissertations

  • Do Didymosphenia geminata blooms affect fishes in the Kootenai River basin? Download
  • Flynn, L. Susceptibility of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout to Displacement by Non-native Brown Trout. Master of Science Thesis, New Mexico State University.
  • Sipe HA. 2019. Multi-state occupancy modeling and optimal allocation of survey resources for Common Loons in Washington State. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington Download
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Projects by Agency


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 141

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 237

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 670

Scientific Publications: 1888

Presentations: 4146

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey