Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Kansas
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Kansas Project

Proactive Changes To Aid Success of Unit Cooperators in a Changing World.

January 2018 - December 2023


Participating Agencies

  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

Proactive Changes To Aid Success of Unit Cooperators in a Changing World.

I am dedicated to the Unit mission elements of (a) providing excellent training for graduate students that will help them succeed in the rigorous science-based conservation required for the changing world, and (b) delivering proactive, effective research that identifies, then implements, solutions to the problems facing our management colleagues. Over my > 25 years with the Cooperative Research Unit Program, I have gained specific insights into what state and federal managers within our cooperating agencies need to be effective in science-based, data-driven conservation and management. Throughout my career, I have also gained substantial insights into the science, valued by universities, needed to provide lasting and effective decision support. Over the last three years (2018-2020), I have used my experience and commitment to develop then deliver insights that can help Unit cooperators address common problems (e.g., gear selection, harvest regulation evaluations, strategic planning, setting science-based goals for management and conservation, methodology for the creation of problem-related question networks that guide data analysis/collection, data fusion, and identifying metrics for success). These contributions promise to substantially improve the long-term implementation of the mission of our state, federal, and university cooperators.