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

Arizona Technical Assistance Activities


Photo of landscape taken at a Arizona reservoir.

Unit scientists offer a variety of fish and wildlife technical assistance to state and federal cooperators and private organizations. This assistance has included workshops on fish and wildlife monitoring techniques, conservation genetics and techniques for working with the public on fish and wildlife issues; assistance and advice with agency threatened and endangered species recovery groups; technical consultation on fish and wildlife issues for scientists and managers in other countries; and review of data and reports from management agencies and universities.


Description and Agency Provider(s) Date
Volunteered to participate in the 2003 Mountain Lion Track Survey in the Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park
Culver 2003-02-01
Updated Bayesian decision tool for listing status and PVA of Spectacled and Steller's Eiders
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Dunham, Mercado-Silva 2013-12-01
Technical advise on various aspects of genetic techniques from protocols for DNA extraction from hair, bone, saliva, and feather samples to recommending primers for species identification, sex determination (birds, bears, and felids) and microsatellite amplification (bears and felids). Also provide advise on data analysis.
Culver 2004-06-01
Provided short course to Arizona Game and Fish Biologists entitled: Essential, Practical Communication Skills for Natural Resource Professionals. Arizona Game and Fish Department, Phoenix, Arizona, April 2016 (Invited Workshop).
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Bonar None
Provided assistance for Peter Fritzell (IA DNR) in reviewing their survey questions for a landowner survey (survey design and review of questionnaire)
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Gigliotti, Sweikert None
Provided assistance for Kevin Kading (ND Game & Fish) in reviewing their survey questions for a landowner survey (survey design and review of questionnaire).
North Daktoa Game & Fish Department
Gigliotti, Sweikert None
Prototyped a tool for adaptive harvest management for Eastern Wild Turkeys in Alabama.
Alabama DCNR
Barber, Mercado-Silva 2014-01-10
Participated on a Conservation Genetics Panel for the Native Fishes Conservation Team Meeting, advised on fish genetics issues.
Culver 2005-06-15
Participated in conference call for board members of Trout Unlimited regarding genetic issues relevant to endangered fishes.
Culver 2004-02-01
Invited to participate on a jaguar conservation panel discussion at a jaguar meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Culver 2004-11-15
Invited to participate in NAS review of taxonomy for the Red Wolf which will include writing a request for applicants for research proposals and a scientific research design for addressing ancient red wolf lineages.
National Academy of Sciences
Culver 2019-10-01
Devils Hole Pupfish advisory group. Advised operations of the new Devils Hole Pupfish facility
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Las Vegas Field Office/Sacramento Regional Office
Bonar, Feuerbacher, Chaudoin, Mapula 2009-06-01
Bonar, S. A. Desert Fishes Conservation Team – Arizona Game and Fish Department – Makes recommendations to AGFD Management on Desert Fish activities statewide. Coordinates activities with other agencies. Member March 2003 to present.
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Bonar 2003-03-01
Bonar, S. A. 2008-2011. Desert Fish Scientific Advisor. U.S. Forest Service In-Stream Flow Legal Team
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Bonar, Mercado-Silva 2008-01-15
Bonar, S. A. Devils Hole Pupfish Recovery Team – Asked to provide input to Devils Hole Pupfish recovery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/National Park Service.
Nevada Division of Wildlife
Bonar 2007-11-20
Assisted with questions on standardized sampling in Arizona
Bonar 2003-01-01
Arizona Game and Fish Department University Summit
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Bonar 2010-06-01
Advised Salt River Project personnel on effects of introduced fishes on native fishes in the Verde River, Arizona
Bonar, Leslie, Velez 2004-01-01
Advised BLM attorneys and biologists on the effects of elevated water temperatures on fishes of the San Pedro River, Arizona
Bonar, Carveth, Widmer 2004-05-01
Accepted invitation to become a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bi-national Ocelot Recovery Team, Technical Subcommittee.
Culver 2003-02-01
AGFD Research Branch - Advised on a striped bass research project
Bonar 2004-06-01
Role - Description Provider         Start Date        End Date       
Member, APR Self Study Committee - Prepare for UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment external review. Bonar 2016-09-01 Present
Member, Laboratory and Facility Resources Committee, School of Natural Resources - Provide advice to help manage schools laboratories and facilities Bonar 2016-09-01 Present
Member, Human Dimensions Curriculum Committee - Help design School of Natural Resources Human Dimensions Coursework Curricula Bonar 2016-08-01 Present
Co Manager, UA Doris Duke Training Program - Help manage Doris Duke Program at the University of Arizona for underrepresented students. Manage graduate student portion of program. Bonar 2015-08-01 Present
Fisheries Advisor - UA Student Wildlife and Fisheries Organization - Manage AFS activities with the student AFS members in the department. Bonar 2010-09-01 Present
Member, Strategic Planning Committee, School of Natural Resources and Environment - Help advise director on policy for School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona Bonar 2009-01-01 Present
Member, Recruitment and Retention Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Bonar 2003-07-01 Present
Organizer - Seminar Series, School of Natural Resources and the Environment - Selected and contacted speakers for the Spring 2016 Seminar Series for the School Bonar 2015-11-01 2016-05-31
Member, Faculty Hiring Committee - Work as part of a team to interview and provide recommendations on new faculty hire. Bonar 2015-09-01 2016-01-31
Member, Natural Resources Department Policy Committee, University of Arizona Bonar 2001-07-01 2002-07-31
Member, School of Natural Resources Laboratory Committee, University of Arizona Bonar 2001-07-01 2002-07-31
Member, Inclusive Excellence Committee, SNRE - Work together with committee of 8 faculty and grad students to ensure that gender and diversity inclusiveness is attained in all aspects of our department from recruitment and retention of students and faculty to all other activities. Culver 2016-06-01 Present
Member, Laboratory Coordination Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Culver 2004-07-01 Present
Representative, Library Council, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Culver 2003-07-01 Present
Member, Faculty Search Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona - review applications, meet to discuss applicants, and conduct interviews for new faculty members in the department. Culver 2005-10-01 2015-09-30
Member, O'Brien Diversity Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Culver 2004-09-01 2005-06-30
Chair, Departmental Seminar Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Culver 2004-07-01 2004-12-31
Member, Faculty Small Grant Review Committee, University of Arizona Culver 2004-09-01 2004-11-30
Member, O'Brien Diversity Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona Garcia 2004-10-01 2005-05-31
Role and Organization Individual         Start Date        End Date       
President Elect, Arizona Chapter of The Wildlife Society Culver 2014-02-01 Present
Member, USFWS/NPS Mohave Tui Chub Recovery Team Bonar 2003-09-01 2005-10-31
Member, Technical committee for the Ocelot Recovery Team Culver 2003-02-01 Present
Member, Southern Arizona Federal Women's Program Interagency Council Culver 2005-03-01 Present
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, USGS Culver 2009-09-01 2009-09-30
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Culver 2005-02-01 2005-02-28
Member, Mohave Tui Chub Recovery Team Bonar 2003-09-01 Present
Member, Kanab ambersnail working group Culver 2004-01-01 Present
Member, Desert Fishes Recovery Team Bonar 2003-09-01 Present
Member, Board of Directors, Eastern Cougar Foundation Culver 2001-01-01 2009-01-31
Member, Apache Trout Recovery Research Project Advisory Panel, AZG&F Bonar 2000-08-01 2000-08-31
Member Sonoran Pronghorn Recovery Team Culver 2009-02-01 Present
Council Member, Wild Felid Research and Management Association Culver 2008-05-01 2013-05-31
Outreach Activity Provider(s)        Date       
wrote article titled "Plastics in a desert stream invokes fish diet study" for Arizona-New Mexico American Fisheries Society Fall Newsletter Nemec 2018-01-01
served on a graduate school information session panel for Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at Northern Arizona University winter workshop Nemec 2018-01-01
lead fish sampling and aquatic macroinvertebrate collecting workshop for Bio-Science Academy in Tucson, Arizona Nemec 2018-01-01
lead Microplastics in the Santa Cruz River part of Madrean Conference field trip Nemec 2018-01-01
gave a lecture titled "What the flow: fish research in Arizona" to Doris Duke Conservation Scholars at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona Nemec 2018-01-01
gave a lecture titled "Fish in Arizona: history, management, and research" to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arizona in Green Valley, Arizona Nemec 2018-01-01
Yule, J. V. 2008. Book Review: The conservation professional’s guide to working with people. Quarterly Review of Biology. March, 2008. Describes and reviews Scott Bonar’s, “The conservation professional’s guide to working with people”. Bonar 2009-09-20
Wrote article "The basics of sampling fish in lakes and ponds" for North American Lake Management Societies' Magazine "Lakeline". Bonar 2004-03-01
Went with Trout Unlimited representatives into a site way back in the Arizona wilderness to look at trout populations devastated by wildfires and discuss potential restoration methods. Bonar 2018-04-21
Streams of Mt. Graham - A video made for the USFS Coronado National Forest for Visitor Center Use. Education film with underwater videography made in streams containing Apache Trout and Gila Trout. Bonar 2016-09-20
Sekercioglu, C. H. 2008. People skills for the conservation professional. Ecology 89(3)882-883, Describes and reviews Scott Bonar’s book, “The conservation professional’s guide to working with people”. Bonar 2008-09-10
Sanchez, D. M. 2008. Bonar, S. A. 2007. The conservation professional’s guide to working with people. Journal of Mammalogy, 89(3):791–792. Describes and reviews Scott Bonar’s book. Bonar 2008-10-15
Recestar, M., and Bonar, S. A. 2008. New temperature tolerance studies on Apache trout (Oncorhynchus Apache). Fish Soup – AFS AZ/NM Chapter. Fall 2008:5. Bonar, Recsetar 2008-11-10
Presenter, Student Job Fair, American Fisheries Society Anual Meeting, Phoenix,Arizona Bonar 2001-08-01
Minority Student Training Program Bonar 2000-07-01
Mills, Helena. 2008. The Conservation Professional’s Guide to Working with People. Ecological Management and Restoration. 9:164. Describes and reviews Scott Bonar’s book. Bonar 2008-09-05
Meet with Arizona's Master Gardeners and spoke about desert fishes. Bonar 2018-04-14
Life Underwater in Sabino Creek Video Presentation - Plays at Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, USFS Coronado National Forest. Education presentation and underwater videography of desert fish shot in Sabino Canyon, a popular southern Arizona recreation site. Bonar, Powers 2015-08-10
Interwiewed by NPR reported for a story on the carnivore study in collaboration with Grand Canyon National Park. Culver 2002-08-01
Interviewed by reporter for Living on Earth Radio Program on the topic of eastern pumas. Culver 2004-04-01
Hosted scientist from Purdue University for visit to Tucson. Coordinated nature hikes for wildlife (herps, birds, etc.) and flowers for visiting scientist. Culver 2005-04-27
Hosted scientist from Namibia for visit to Tucson. Organized departmental seminar for visiting scientist Culver 2003-10-03
Heather K. Catuzo 2008. The Conservation Professional’s Guide to Working with People Scott A. Bonar. Ecological Restoration. 26(3): 276-277; Describes and reviews Scott Bonar’s book. Bonar 2008-10-15
Guest speaker for the 14th Annual Fort Huachuca Track Count, hosted by the Sky Island Alliance Culver 2003-05-01
Garcia, V. and C. J. Conway. 2005. When is it time to leave home? Factors that influence natal dispersal age in burrowing owls. Bluebird 27(2):18-19. Garcia 2005-06-17
Fridgen, C. 2008. Book Review: The conservation professional’s guide to working with people. Scott A. Bonar. Environmental Practice 10:81. Describes and reviews Scott Bonar’s book Bonar 2008-10-15
Flash Floods and Safety. A film made for the School of Natural Resources Film Festival Bonar 2015-10-10
Editor for Fish Soup, AZ-NM American Fisheries Society Newsletter. Volume 51 Teal 2018-05-25
Editor for Fish Soup, AZ-NM American Fisheries Society Chapter, Volume 52 Teal 2018-09-25
Chad Teal. USFWS and a Mining Company Collaborating for Conservation? Fish Soup, 51, 11 Teal 2018-05-25
Chad Teal. Supermales to the Rescue. Fish Soup, 52, 14-16. Teal 2018-09-25
Chad Teal. Production of YY male red shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis) and green sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) for use as nuisance population control. Fish Soup, 51, 10 Teal 2018-05-25
Chad Teal. All Hands on Deck the the Verde River. Fish Soup, 52, 11-13. Teal 2018-09-25
CBS.com, CNN.com, ESPN outdoors, the Associated Press and several Arizona newspapers wrote articles on the rescue of Gila Chub from the oncoming Aspen Fire and subsequent research projects at the Unit to propagate and raise these fishes. The Gila Chub is proposed for listing as endangered. Bonar 2003-12-01
Bonar, S.A. 2009. How the California Fish and Game turned community opinion around. Island Press Author’s Blog. Discusses the Lake Davis controversy and how it was handled by the CDFG. Bonar 2009-03-01
Bonar, S.A. 2009. Don’t wait, Communicate. Island Press Author’s Blog. Discusses the importance of communication skills in Natural Resources. Bonar 2009-02-01
Bonar, S. A. 2008. Web Site: The conservation professionals guide to working with people. Available at www.workingwithpeoplebook.com Bonar 2009-01-01
Article titled "DNA and the Origins for North American Pumas" for Wild Cat News Culver 2005-10-03
Archdeacon, T. P. and S. A. Bonar. 2009. Care and spawning of the endangered Mohave tui chub in captivity. American Currents 35(2): 9-12. Bonar 2009-09-01