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North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Jeremy McCargo (NCWRC) and Joe Hightower<br />(NC Coop Unit) with an Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhincus) on the Roanoke<br />River at Weldon, NC.  The sturgeon was caught as a part of a multi-agency effort to capture and implant sturgeon with telemetry tags in order to track their movements.

The North Carolina Unit is one of 40 similar Cooperative Research Units located at land-grant universities throughout the United States. It is jointly sponsored by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, NC State University, and the Wildlife Management Institute.

Research at the North Carolina Unit aims to address questions in fisheries and wildlife conservation and management that are of interest to state and federal natural resource management agencies, conservation organizations, and private land owners. Areas of emphasis include conserving and managing rare and endangered fish and wildlife on public lands, understanding the factors that affect fish population size and community composition, developing habitat models to explain why species of fish and wildlife live where they do, and developing new approaches to estimating species diversity and abundance.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 25

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 19

Scientific Publications: 80

Presentations: 116


North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. North Carolina State University
  2. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute