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About the North Carolina Unit

Patrick Cooney with a bigclaw river shrimp (Macrobrachium carcinus), reaching lengths of more than a foot, are found in deeper pools in Puerto Rico rivers and streams.  They consume fish and smaller shrimp species, and are commonly consumed by hungry graduate students who claim they taste like lobster.

The North Carolina Unit is led by Dr. Tom Kwak, as Unit Leader since 1999. Drs. Jaime Collazo, Joe Hightower, and Ted Simons serve as Assistant Unit Leaders with specialties in wildlife, fisheries, and ecology. All unit staff hold the faculty rank of Professor in the Department of Biology where they teach graduate-level courses, mentor graduate students, provide technical assistance, and oversee a wide range of research projects.


The Unit is housed within the Biology Department on the NC State University campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is supported by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources. Our offices are located in rooms 225-226 David Clark Labs.

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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


Contact Us

North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Raleigh, NC 27695-7617 Phone: (919) 515 - 2631 Fax: (919) 515 - 4454 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Thomas Kwak
Tom Kwak, Unit Leader, Professor<br />NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

B.S., 1981, Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, University of Illinois
M.S., 1983, Biology, University of Illinois
Ph.D., 1993, Fisheries, University of Minnesota

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