Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Pennsylvania Research Activities

Releasing a white-tailed deer captured in a Clover trap

Unit personnel conduct interdisciplinary applied and basic research in fish and wildlife management and contribute to graduate education. The Unit's research emphasis is on (1) integrating ecology and management of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, (2) evaluating the effects of human activities on wildlife, fish, and their habitats, and (3) providing guidelines for restoring and maintaining important terrestrial and aquatic communities.

Pennsylvania Active Projects

Pennsylvania Completed Projects

Pennsylvania Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Gigliotti, L. C., N. D. Berg, R. Boonstra, S. M. Cleveland., D. Diefenbach, E. M. Gese, J. S. Ivan, K. Kielland, C. J. Krebs, A. V. Kumar, L. S. Mills, J. N. Pauli, H B. Underwood, E. C. Wilson, M. J. Sheriff. 2020. Latitudinal variation in snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) body mass: A test of Bergmann’s Rule. Canadian Journal of Zoology 98:88-95.  | Download  | 
  • White, S., E. Faulk, C. Tzilkowski, A.S. Weber, M. Marshall, and T. Wagner. 2020. Predicting fish species richness and habitat relationships using Bayesian hierarchical multispecies occupancy models. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 77:602-610.
  • Hansen, G.J.A., T.D. Ahrenstorff, B.J. Bethke, J. Dumke, J. Hirsch, K.E. Kovalenko, J.F. LeDuc, R.P. Maki, H. Rantala, and T. Wagner. Walleye growth declines following zebra mussel and Bythotrephes invasion. Biological Invasions.
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Pennsylvania Technical Publications

  • Hopkins, M.C., Carlson, C.M., Cross, P.C., Johnson, C.J., Richards, B.J., Russell, R.E., Samuel, M.D., Sargeant, G.A., Walsh, D.P., and Walter, W.D., 2019, Chronic wasting disease—Research by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019‒1109, 29 p., | Download |
  • Carlson, C.M., Hopkins, M.C., Nguyen, N.T., Richards, B.J., Walsh, D.P., and Walter, W.D. 2018, Chronic wasting disease—Status, science, and management support by the U.S. Geological Survey: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2017-1138, 8 p., | Download |
  • Stainbrook, D. P., and D. R. Diefenbach. 2012. Estimating white-tailed deer abundance at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR—2012/626. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. | Download |
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Pennsylvania Theses and Dissertations

  • Miller, W.L. 2018. The genetic structure of white-tailed deer to evaluate the potential epizootiology of chronic wasting disease in an area of recent emergence. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 212 pp.
  • Begley-Miller, D. 2018. Shaping Pennsylvania's Forests: Effects of white-tailed deer, soil chemistry, and competing vegetation on oak-hickory forest understory plant community composition. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Download
  • Gingery, T. M. 2018. Spatial and Temporal patterns in white-tailed deer fawn survival and cause-specific mortality. Thesis, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Download
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 15

Scientific Publications: 81

Presentations: 113

Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  2. Pennsylvania Game Commission
  3. Pennsylvania State University
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  5. U.S. Geological Survey
  6. Wildlife Management Institute