Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Kate McFadden and green sea turtle at Palmyra Atoll

The Cooperative Research Units Program conducts research related to fish, wildlife, and natural resource management. The programs offer Federal and State agencies access not only to unit scientists, but also to university expertise and facilities available at each of the 40 cooperating universities. Most research projects are carried out by graduate students participating with and/or under the direction of unit or other university scientists.

Research expertise at the SC Unit includes include ecology and conservation of both terrestrial and marine wildlife, reproductive energetics, foraging ecology, conservation physiology,population modeling, and disease ecology.

South Carolina Active Projects

South Carolina Completed Projects

South Carolina Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Lawson, A.J., Clinton T. Moore, Thomas R. Rainwater, Frances M. Nilsen, Philip M. Wilkinson, Russell H. Lowers, Louis J. Guillette Jr., K.W. McFadden, and Patrick G.R. Jodice. 2020. Nonlinear patterns in mercury bioaccumulation in American alligators are a function of predicted age. Science of the Total Environment 707:135103. <a href=""></a>
  • Zaluski, S., L.M. Soanes, J.A. Bright, A. George, P.G.R. Jodice, K. Meyer, N. Woodfield-Pascoe, J.A. Green. 2019. Potential threats facing a globally important population of the magnificent frigatebird. Tropical Zoology 32: 188-201. /doi/full/10.1080/03946975.2019.1682352
  • Lamb, J.S.*, Y.G. Satge^, P.G.R. Jodice. Environmental and behavioral drivers of annual-cycle habitat selection in a nearshore seabird, the Brown Pelican. Diversity and Distributions.
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South Carolina Technical Publications

  • Jodice, P.G.R., J. Tavano, W. Mackin. 2013. Chapter 8: Marine and coastal birds and bats. Pages 475-587 In: Michel, J. (ed.). South Atlantic information resources: data search and literature synthesis. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Study BOEM 2013-01157.
  • Lamb, J.S. 2010. Eastern Egg Rock Annual Report. Prepared for National Audubon Society Seabird Restoration Program and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. 32 p.
  • Lamb, J.S. 2009. Eastern Egg Rock Annual Report. Prepared for National Audubon Society Seabird Restoration Program and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. 31 p.
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South Carolina Theses and Dissertations

  • Lawson, Abigail J. 2019. Reducing uncertainties in conservation decision-making for American alligators. Dissertation. Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA. 233 pp.
  • Streker, R. 2019. Reproductive Ecology and Diet of Brown Pelicans in the Gulf of Mexico. MS Thesis Clemson University
  • Thompson, H. 2018. Wintering Ecology of Whooping Cranes in the Eastern Migratory Population. Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, Clemson University
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 26

Presentations: 80

South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Clemson University
  2. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute