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

Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Landscape on the Cimarron River

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 450 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. As we enter our 8th decade, future projects will continue to emphasize applied research on the biological resources of Oklahoma and the nation.

Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Federal Staff

Jimmy with paddlefish taken from Arkansas River, Oklahoma.
Long, James
Unit Leader

Rob Lonsinger
Lonsinger, Robert
Assistant Unit Leader