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Missouri Research Activities

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Research conducted by Missouri Unit scientists are strongly linked to the information need of the cooperators. Much of the research involves graduate students or post docs that develop a thesis, dissertation, and/or manuscripts from the research. Current projects by Missouri Unit scientists include determining the role of private elands for migrating waterfowl, evaluation of harvest regulations for geese, how climate change will affect fish habitat, refining ecological flow metrics for streams, conservation planning for large landscapes, endangered species recovery efforts in the Midwest and Southwest, and evaluation of habitat augmentation efforts for sportfish.
Because Missouri Unit scientists meet the information needs of the cooperators, funding and partners from the research are often from state and federal agencies such as the Missouri Department of Conservation, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, USDA, USGS, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. Much of the work is also linked to larger-scale initiatives by agencies such as Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative, and the National Fish Habitat Initiative

Missouri Active Projects

Missouri Completed Projects

Missouri Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Whittier, J., J. Westhoff, C. Paukert, and R. Rotman. 2020. Use of multiple temperature logger models can alter conclusions. Water<i>2</i>(3), 668;
  • Liu, H., C. Gou, X. Qu, F. Xiong, C. P. Paukert, Y. Chen, and W. Su. In press. Fish diversity, endemism, threats, and conservation in the Jinsha River basin (upper Yangtze), China. North American Journal of Fisheries Management.
  • Moore, M., C. Paukert, and T. Moore. In press. Effects of latitude, season and temperature on Lake Sturgeon movement. North American Journal of Fisheries Management
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Missouri Technical Publications

  • Dillard, J.G., A. Rosenberger, and E. Tracy-Smith. 2018. Still Hooked: Our First 50 Years. Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, ISBN 978-1-61600-518-4. | Download |
  • Distribution and Abundance of Fishes in the Kansas River. Final report to Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
  • Bouska, W. W., C. P. Paukert, and T. Keane. 2009. Inventory and assessment of road-stream crossings for aquatic organism passage, with recommendations for culvert design. Final report, Kansas Department of Transportation, KTRANS Program, Project Number KSU 07-6, Topeka.
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Missouri Theses and Dissertations

  • Pherigo, E. Seasonal fish community and reproductive biology of fishes in two tributaries of the lower Missouri River, USA. M. S. Thesis, University of Missouri.
  • Pierce, L. Conservation Biogeography of Lotic Fishes in the Missouri and Colorado River Basins. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri.
  • Baebler, E. 2018. Habitat selection and movement by Spotted Bass and Shorthead Redhorse downstream of a hydropeaking dam in Missouri. M.S. thesis, University of Missouri
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 76

Presentations: 213


Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

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