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

Alabama Technical Assistance Activities

Student setting a trap for bobwhite quail on Conecuh National Forest, AL.

Description and Agency Provider(s) Date
Vice Chair, Adaptive Management Working Group for horseshoe crab harvest in the Delaware Bay.
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Butler, Merritt January 2015
Training on ageing invasive carp species
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Brewer, Birdsall March 2022
Taught an online scientific writing course for NCTC.
Brewer April 2021
SDM workshop for CALO (NPS and Climate Science Center)
National Parks Service
Irwin, Lloyd June 2015
Review report
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Brewer November 2020
Provided Crayfish Invasiveness Risk Assessment Model (CRAM) Case Input Files and on invasive crayfish including the probabilities based on evidence presented related to life history and ecology. Discussions with other scientists on the merits of the probabilities and evidence.
US Geological Survey
Brewer July 2020
Prototyped a tool for adaptive harvest management of White-tailed Deer in Alabama
Alabama DCNR
Grand, McGowan, Silvano, Price, Keever September 2012
Met with researchers in the Guadiana River Basis to 1)Develop avenues for cross-collaboration with scientists and stakeholders in the Guadiana River Basin, Portugal, one of the NeWater CVase Study rivers; 2)Present ideas and data relative to our Tallapoosa River Adaptive management project, including implementation strategies; 3)Discuss methodologies relative to adaptive management in the Tallapoosa River Basin and how they relate to Guadiana River Basin, including faunal monitoring and modeling programs and 4)Investigate the potential for simultaneous adaptive management in the US and Europe to increase our learning rates regarding system function.
Irwin March 2006
Met with Mr. Jack West to discuss hydropower concerns
Alabama Rivers Alliance
Brewer August 2020
Member of Warm Springs Tech Center Review Team
Irwin January 2014
Indigo Snake reintroduction planning and monitoring in Alabama
US Fish and Wildlife Service
McGowan, Erickson, Folt March 2016
Identification of unknown crayfishes from hatchery pond
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Brewer November 2020
I am assisting with the analysis of nest monitoring, bird banding, and point count survey data to compare the efficacy of these approaches for quantifying bird population changes.
Georgetown University
Valente August 2023
I am assisting with data simulation and analysis on a project aimed at understanding effects of coffee agriculture on avian functional diversity.
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Valente January 2023
Helped draft an article on the importance of headwater streams
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Brewer November 2020
Helped Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks complete their species status evaluation for Shoal Chub.
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Brewer January 2024
Harris Dam Temperature Technical Committee
Irwin October 2013
Harris Dam Temperature Technical Committee
Irwin March 2016
Coached multiple SDM workshops for Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Irwin January 2011
Coached a Structured Decision Making workshop for multi-agency management of Gulf striped bassfor FWS and several state agencies.
Florida Freshwater Fish Commission
Irwin August 2011
Chair, Adaptive management sub-committee for horseshoe crab harvest in Delaware Bay.
Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission
McGowan January 2014
Attend meetings for the Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership to provide input relative to ecological flows.
Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership
Irwin, Lloyd February 2015
Attend RL Harris Action Team meetings at the request of ALDCNR for FERC licensing
Irwin, Ouellette January 2019
Assisted MN Department of Natural Resources with initial phases of structured decision making through coaching team members.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Irwin February 2011
Assistance with analyses using existing data
Trevor Starks
Brewer September 2022
Assist with techniques for ageing juvenile and adult Bighead and Silver Carp
Brewer, Birdsall , Ramsey September 2021
Appointed by the USFWS as a member of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Adaptive Management Technical Team (AMTT). I provide assistance to the service with regard to adaptive management implementation and monitoring for 6 T&E species in the basin.
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Panama City Field Office
Irwin September 2017
ACF Striped Bass Committee
Adair October 2013
Role - Description Provider         Start Date        End Date       
School of Forestry and Wildlife Vehicle Committee McGowan October 2014 May 2016
Partner Participant, Wildlife Program Review, Department of Forestry and Wildlife, Auburn University (2020) - Participate in a review of the Wildlife Program at Auburn Brewer October 2020 October 2020
Panel participant - Served on a panel to explain Unit activities and collaborations to the SFWS Advisory Council. Brewer October 2021 October 2021
Member, School of Fisheries Graduate Committee Irwin January 2014 January 2018
Member, Auburn Water Resources Council Irwin January 2014 Present
Member - Search and Screen Committee, Disease Ecologist, College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Environment Brewer March 2022 November 2022
Member - Search and Screen Committee, Director of the Center for Natural Resources Management on Military Lands, College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Environment Brewer October 2022 January 2023
Member - Committee Member, Director of School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University (Nov 2022-curent) Brewer November 2023 Present
Disease Ecology Search Committee McGowan March 2014 April 2015
Committee member, Ecosystem Modeler faculty search committee, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment, Auburn University - I reviewed applications, interviewed candidates, hosted on-site visits, and helped advise the Dean regarding to whom we should offer the job. Valente January 2023 May 2023
Committee Member, Graduate Policies and Procedures Committee, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment, Auburn University - I review and vote on admission for all potential graduate students applying to our college, establish and review policies for graduate students, and help choose graduate student award recipients. Valente September 2023 Present
Co-Chair, Stream Mesocosm Ad-Hoc Committee Irwin January 2014 January 2018
Chair - Chair the search and screen committee to hire the Wildlife Assistant Unit Leader. Brewer September 2020 May 2022
Chair - Chair of search committee for the Unit's administrative assistant Brewer November 2022 January 2023
Role and Organization Individual         Start Date        End Date       
reviewer, Water Resources Research Brewer July 2020 July 2020
Wildlife Program Review, Auburn University Brewer October 2020 Present
USGS Ecological Flows Working Group Irwin September 2015 January 2018
USFWS-USACOE ACF AM Management Team Irwin May 2017 Present
Reviewer, FY24 RC C3 Peer Review: Threatened, Endangered, and At Risk Aquatic, Amphibian, and Reptile Species, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Brewer March 2023 April 2023
Reviewer, Endangered Species Research Brewer September 2020 October 2020
Large River Management Forum Irwin June 2013 Present
Gulf Coast Coastal Resiliency Workgroup Irwin August 2016 Present
External Examiner, School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences, Charles Sturt University Brewer November 2022 November 2022
DOI RESTORE Land Conservation Workgroup Irwin March 2016 Present
Alabama Governor's Instream Flow Panel Irwin June 2015 December 2018
Outreach Activity Provider(s)        Date       
Research on the Tallapoosa River below Thurlow Dam. Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. August 2002. Tallassee, Alabama. Irwin August 2002
Presented results of the decision support model for determining optimal flows below Harris Dam. Harris Dam Stakeholder's Meeting. Sponsored by Harris Dam Stakeholders Group. August 2003. Alexander City, Alabama. Irwin August 2003
Participant in the Tallapoosa River Watershed Action Plan Annual Conference, Alexander City, AL. 2005. Irwin May 2005
Interviewed for an article regarding catfishes in Alabama. Alabama Game and Fish magazine: March 2003. Irwin March 2003
Interview Article-Jackson, K. 2006. First adaptive management implemented in Southeast on Tallapoosa River. Ag Illustrated:3(2) ( Irwin January 2006
Identify flow prescriptions for adaptive management of the Tallapoosa River below R.L. Harris dam. Alabama Department of Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Alabama Rivers Alliance. March 2003. Irwin March 2003
Conservation of the Upper Coosa basin aquatic fauna. Annual Meeting. February 2003. Irwin February 2003
Becoming an Outdoors Woman. Taught ABC's of Fly Fishing and Wooly Boogers and Friends Workshops. March 2006 Irwin March 2006
Attended Harris Dam Stakeholder's Meeting. Sponsored by Harris Dam Stakeholders Group. May 2003. Wedowee, Alabama Irwin May 2003
Attended Harris Dam Stakeholder's Meeting. Sponsored by Harris Dam Stakeholders Group. June 2003. Alexander City, Alabama. Irwin June 2003