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Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


The Cooperative Units Program of the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey has been an integral part of Oklahoma State University since 1948. With direction from our Coordinating Committee, our research has been conducted on a wide variety of fisheries and wildlife topics in cooperation with federal agencies, the University, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and various private concerns. Most of our research projects are problem-oriented and designed to provide cooperators with useful information on resource issues. The majority of the research through the Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is conducted by M.S. and Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Over 370 theses and dissertations have resulted from their efforts. Unit students are currently conducting research on fisheries management in reservoirs and rivers; stream ecology; endangered, threatened, and species-at-risk including the interior least tern, mountain plover, speckled chub, leopard darter, Arkansas darter, and Ouachita dusky salamander; toxicology; management of white-tailed deer, bobwhite quail, and wild turkey; and fisheries economics. In addition, the Unit conducts aquacultural research and extension projects in cooperation with Langston University. As we enter our 7th decade, future projects will continue to emphasize applied research on the biological resources of Oklahoma and the nation.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 7

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 25

Scientific Publications: 80

Presentations: 152

Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

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