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

Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Northern Leopard frog in an Iowa wetland.

The Iowa landscape and economy is dominated by production agriculture. Game and non-game wildlife species inhabiting the state are influenced by the loss, degradation and fragmentation of wetland, prairie and forest habitats caused by intensifying agricultural practices. The Iowa DNR has been involved in long-term species and habitat restoration programs, and evaluating these efforts is important to the DNR. Iowa is bordered on the west by the Missouri River and on the east by the Mississippi River, and numerous native and restored wetlands occur in the northwest. These ecosystems and the resulting production and migration of waterfowl and other migratory birds are of importance to the cooperators. Wildlife studies of the Unit emphasize the effect of agriculture on wildlife species and the effectiveness of restoration programs in sustaining viable wildlife populations. Landscape scale studies of the impacts of habitat fragmentation on wildlife, and potential solutions to fragmentation, are especially relevant. The aquatic resources of Iowa are used intensively and are significantly affected by agricultural and other human activities.

The fishery research studies of the Unit reflect both the nature of Iowa's resources and their intense use through special emphasis on studies pertaining to habitat relations, production, ecology and management of fishes, the effect of agriculture on these resources, and the role of aquaculture in enhancing existing fisheries. In addition, Unit staff conduct studies that connect effects of watershed-scale habitat management to water quality and other measures of ecosystem health.

Unit research is of high quality and the researchers are productive. Research is conducted in Iowa whenever possible and is concentrated on topics for which both state and federal governments benefit from the results. Strategic planning for long-range program development emphasize those areas of concentration listed in paragraphs one and two, but new problems and new sources of funds are explored as opportunities arise. While maintaining a commitment to traditional wildlife and fisheries management, the Unit considers larger scale problems related to biodiversity, landscapes and ecosystems, urbanization, and restoration ecology. Unit personnel propose new projects and programs to the cooperators in a timely manner.

The research and education programs of the Unit are designed to develop and disseminate information and knowledge that contribute to wildlife and fisheries sciences as well as to the needs of the cooperating agencies. Research conducted by graduate and post-graduate employees as part of their education program is the major vehicle through which the Unit accomplishes its goals. However, formal classroom teaching, in-service training, technical assistance, and expansion of the particular expertise of Unit staff also meet program desires and Unit goals.

Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Federal Staff

Bob Klaver
Klaver, Bob
Unit Leader

Michael Moore, Assistant Unit Leader, USGS Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Moore, Michael
Assistant Unit Leader

I’m broadly interested in understanding wildlife population dynamics to support conservation and management. My research combines population ecology, quantitative methods, and applied science to assist managers with decision making in the face of uncertainty. I use a variety of quantitative methods for both understanding past and current drivers of population change and predicting future status, including hierarchical Bayesian models and population viability analysis. Most of my research has focused on migratory birds, but I work across taxa and habitat types.
Tucker, Anna
Assistant Unit Leader