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

Iowa Technical Assistance Activities


Northern Leopard frog in an Iowa wetland.


Description and Agency Provider(s) Date
Wildlife Working Group
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Koford 2008-06-13
White, G. C., S. J. Dinsmore, and R. W. Klaver. 2011. Introduction to Program MARK. Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference, Des Moines Downtown Marriott, Des Moines, Iowa. 4 December 2011.
Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference
Klaver 2011-12-04
Study design to evaluate methods to control yellow toadfax
Kuhn Wetland Management District
Klaver 2011-05-05
Study design for mark-recapture of prairie grouse
South Dakoka Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Klaver 2010-03-05
Study design for landuse and patterns of abundance of grassland birds
Kuhn Wetland Managment District
Klaver 2011-05-10
Served on expert panel of waterfowl biologists to review and make recommendations to USFWS regarding allocation process for Migratory Bird Conservation Funds
Otis 2004-02-01
Served on expert panel of quantitative ecologists and fisheries biologists to provide advice on population parameter estimation protocols for management of endangered fish in the Colorado River
Otis 2003-12-01
Served on expert ad hoc team asked to provide guidance to IAFWA, USGS, FWS on protocols for Coordinated Bird Monitoring in North America
Otis 2004-04-01
Robust methods to estimate raccoons on the Great Rivers and Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuges
Great Rivers NWR/Clarence Cannon NWR
Klaver 2011-04-07
Responded to request for case study material for use in web-based bio-statistics course at University of Canberra, Australia. Provided raw data and multivariate analysis from published research.
Pierce 2002-10-01
Responded to request for case study material for use in multivariate statistics workshop at ECOSUR in Chetumal, Mexico. Provided raw data and multivariate analysis from published research.
Pierce 2003-10-01
Responded to a request from a Swedish university scientist for raw data from a cooperator-funded study. Provided a large set of raw data, developed documentation to explain the data, and provided a publication reprint.
Pierce 2005-02-01
Participate in writing of National Strategic Plan for mourning dove harvest management
Otis 2001-10-01
Participate as an invited member of USGS/NWHC sponsored workshop on development of surveillance strategies for chronic wasting disease; Present 2 lectures and co-aothor subsequent workshop proceedings
Otis 2002-12-01
Organized a session of the 2018 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference on the topic of conservation and nutrient reduction benefits of oxbows.
North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society
Pierce 2017-08-15
Organized a session of the 2018 Iowa Water Conference on the topic of conservation and nutrient reduction benefits of oxbows.
Iowa Water Center
Pierce 2017-08-15
Methods to evaluate landscape integrity within Region 6 of USFWS
Kuhn Wetland Management Distric
Klaver 2011-03-15
Klaver, R. W. 2011. Introduction to Program MARK. Workshop for The joint Walleye, Centrarchid, and Esocid Technical Meeting.Dubuque, Iowa. 26 July 2011.
Joint Walleye, Centrarchid, and Esocid Technical Meeting
Klaver None
Invited to serve as member of EPA, Region 7, Synoptic Human Stressor oversight committee. January 2006-present.
Region 7
Pierce 2006-01-05
Invited by the coordinator of the Iowa Water Science Center to write an article featuring the topic of a session I co-organized for their annual meeting. Article was titled, "Oxbows for Conservation and Nutrient Reduction in Iowa Floodplains."
Iowa Water Center
Pierce 2018-01-15
Invited by the USFWS to be a member of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Carp Control Coalition
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Pierce 2009-12-01
Invited by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide expert review of their Biological Status Review of the federally endangered Topeka shiner, summer 2017.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pierce 2017-06-19
Invited by department head to review portfolio of faculty member for promotion to full professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Department of Biology, University of Minnesota Duluth
Pierce 2012-11-01
Invited by Syngenta Crop Protection LLC to review a population modeling project for the purpose of improving habitat restorations for the federally endangered Topeka shiner.
Syngenta Crop Protection LLC
Pierce 2019-06-04
Invited by Director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center to review a grant proposal titled, "Detailed analysis of common carp recruitment and assessing the potential for developing species-specific carp toxins to develop realistic solutions for hypoxia-prone lakes".
Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center
Pierce 2015-04-01
Henslow's sparrow workshop
Koford 2007-03-08
Grassland Bird Workshop
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Koford 2010-07-20
Facilitated a study of the age structure and growth of invasive common carp in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Submitted and received an SSP grant to fund the study. Coordinated work of a USFWS colleague at the Refuge and a graduate student at Iowa State University. Edited final report.
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Pierce 2010-04-01
Distribution and Population Size of River Otters in Iowa
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Klaver 2012-06-15
Directed development of CarpBioDyn, a common carp population dynamics simulation model to allow managers to evaluate alternative control strategies for managing nuisance common carp populations. The model can be accessed at: http://www.cfwru.iastate.edu/ClearLake/.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Pierce, Colvin 2007-04-01
Directed development of CLESM, an ecosystem simulation model to allow managers to evaluate multiple scenarios and alternative management strategies for a shallow lake experiencing nuisance species and declining water quality and fishery. The model can be accessed at: http://www.cfwru.iastate.edu/ClearLake/.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Pierce, Colvin 2007-04-01
Co-author of National Mourning Dove Strategic Harvest Management Plan
Otis 2003-03-01
Briefing for Pacific Flyway Technical Committee on status of mourning dove population modeling and associated national band
Otis 2002-03-01
Briefing for IAFWA Webless Game Bird Committee on status of mourning dove population modeling and associated national band
Otis 2001-12-01
Briefing for Flyway Technical Committees, IAFWA, USFWS on status of mourning dove population modeling,national banding program. 15 presentations beteen 4/03 to present.
Otis 2003-02-01
Asked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host a regional meeting to discuss and establish criteria for the species recovery plan for the endangered Topeka shiner.
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pierce 2018-05-02
Asked by the American Fisheries Society Fisheries Information & Technology Section to review the new version of their Fishery Analysis and Modeling Simulator (FAMS) software. I am known by the software developer and Section software librarian as a frequent FAMS user in both education and research, so my opinion on the new version was important in guiding development of the new version.
American Fisheries Society
Pierce 2014-08-07
Asked by the American Fisheries Society Executive Director to write letter of support for investment in upgrading their Fishery Analysis and Modeling Simulator (FAMS) software. I am known by the software developer as a frequent user in both education and research, so my advocacy was important in their decision.
American Fisheries Society
Pierce 2014-05-29
Role - Description Provider         Start Date        End Date       
VP University Community Relations, Professional & Scientific Council, Iowa State University - The vice president for university community relations shall represent the council at new employee orientation, coordinate question preparation and reporting for Campus Leaders Breakfasts, and serve in other duties as assigned. Bell 2015-07-01 2016-06-30
Councilor, Professional & Scientific Council, Iowa State University - The Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Council serves as a resource and an advocate for Professional and Scientific employees. The council identifies the needs of its constituents, provides information and advice in response to those needs, and recommends policies and procedures to the administration that benefit Professional and Scientific employees and assists in fulfilling the mission of Iowa State University. Bell 2013-09-01 2016-06-30
Memeber. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program Supervisory Committee Klaver 2013-05-01 Present
Advisor. NREM Graduate Student Seminar Committee - Faculty advisor to the committee Klaver 2012-10-01 Present
Member, NREM Awards Committee - It is a very important committee in getting our faculty and graduate students nominated for both ISU and disciplinary-based awards. Klaver 2012-09-01 Present
Member, NREM Graduate Student Orientation Klaver 2012-09-01 Present
Member, Graduate Curriculum Committee, NREM Dept. Koford 2008-09-01 Present
Chair, Errington Lecture Committee Koford 2005-10-01 2008-08-31
Advisor, NREM Graduate Student Organization Otis 2008-08-01 Present
Member, NREM Chair Advisory Committee Otis 2008-01-01 Present
Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee Otis 2005-08-01 Present
Chair, Graduate Curriculum Committee Otis 2005-08-01 Present
Member, Interdepartmental Graduate Program Supervisory Committee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Otis 2004-08-01 2009-12-31
Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee Otis 2008-08-01 2008-12-31
Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee Otis 2008-08-01 2008-12-31
Chair, promotion and Tenure Committee Otis 2007-08-01 2007-12-31
Chair, Faculty Search Committee Otis 2005-12-01 2006-05-31
Member, Department Chair Search Committee Otis 2005-01-01 2005-06-30
Member, NREM-Entomology Executive Advisory Committee, Iowa State University Pierce 2011-10-01 Present
Member, Iowa State University, Fulbright Graduate Fellowship Screening Committee member Pierce 2008-10-01 Present
Member, Graduate Course Offerings Committee, NREM, Iowa State University - I help evaluate the adequacy of NREM graduate course offerings. Pierce 2008-08-01 Present
Member, Errington Lecture Committee, NREM, Iowa State University - I help recruit speakers, make arrangements, and generate publicity for the annual Errington Memorial Lecture. Pierce 2000-01-01 Present
Member, NREM Fisheries Biologist Search Committee, Iowa State University Pierce 2011-08-01 2012-05-31
Member, NREM-Entomology Chair Search Committee, Iowa State University Pierce 2010-09-01 2011-05-31
Mentor, Academies Creating Teacher Scientists (ACTS), Iowa State University/U.S. Department of Energy partnership - I served as a sponsor and mentor for a middle school science teacher each summer. The purpose was to expose science teachers to a research environment. I would have continued in this role, but funding for the program was cut. Pierce 2010-02-01 2010-08-31
Chair, NREM Promotion and Tenure Committee for junior faculty member Pierce 2008-01-01 2008-04-30
Member, NREM Graduate Major Committee, NREM, Iowa State University - I worked on plans to develop an NREM graduate major. Pierce 2007-08-01 2008-04-30
Role and Organization Individual         Start Date        End Date       
USFWS Webless Migratory Bird Research Program, Review Committee, Central Flyway Otis 2009-02-01 Present
U.S. Geological Survey Representative, Mississippi Flyway Technical Committee Otis 2002-08-01 Present
Mentor, Academies Creating Teacher Scientists (ACTS), U.S. Department of Energy/Iowa State University partnership Pierce 2010-02-01 2011-03-31
Member, Wildlife Working Group, Iowa DNR Pierce 2009-05-01 Present
Member, USEPA, Region 7, Synoptic Human Stressor Indicator oversight committee Pierce 2006-01-01 2009-12-31
Member, Student Mentoring and Career Opportunities Committee, Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference Pierce 2010-10-01 2011-12-31
Member, Stream Nutrient Technical Advisory Committee, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Pierce 2010-02-01 Present
Member, Story County ad hoc Hallett's Quarry Advisory Panel Pierce 2000-01-01 2002-01-31
Member, Steering Committee, Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference Pierce 2010-09-01 2011-12-31
Member, Southeast ARMI Biometrics Advisory Group Otis 2000-05-01 2001-09-30
Member, Research Subcommittee, Mississippi Flyway Technical Committee Otis 2004-02-01 Present
Member, Program Committee, Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference Pierce 2010-10-01 2011-12-31
Member, Panelist for USGS - Biological Resources Division regional Research Grade Evaluation Panel, Madison, WI Pierce 2000-02-01 2000-05-31
Member, Panelist for USGS - Biological Resources Division national Research Grade Evaluation Panel, Minneapolis, MN Pierce 2010-09-01 2010-12-31
Member, Panelist for USGS - Biological Resources Division national Research Grade Evaluation Panel, Lake Placid, NY Pierce 2006-05-01 2006-09-30
Member, Panelist for USGS - Biological Resources Discipline national Research Grade Evaluation Panel, Chicago, IL Pierce None 2013-11-30
Member, National Mourning Dove Task Force Otis 2001-10-01 Present
Member, Iowa Action Plan Implementation Committee Klaver 2012-08-01 Present
Member, Dam Modificantion/Removal Advisory Committee, Iowa DNR Pierce 2008-12-01 2009-12-31
Iowa Department of Natural Resources, organized technology transfer workshop for staff titled, “The Clear Lake Ecosystem Simulation Model (CLESM): Technology Transfer”, Ames, IA January 2012. Pierce None 2012-01-31
Chair, Iowa Wildlife Action Plan, Fish Subcommittee, Iowa DNR Pierce 2008-09-01 Present
Chair, Environmental Issues Subcommittee, MS Flyway Technical Committee Otis 2004-02-01 Present
Academic Panelist, "Beginning Your Professional Journey" workshop Pierce None 2011-12-31
Outreach Activity Provider(s)        Date       
Talk given to Wind/Wildlife Forum, held in Des Moines, Iowas, and sponsored by the Iowa Dept. Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy. Koford 2005-10-26
Talk given on Costa Rica to local chapter of the Audubon Society Koford 2002-01-17
Serve as informal scientific liason for the Ames Anglers, a local fishing club. Attend weekly meetings, keep members informed about issues in fisheries, and invite speakers from the university or state agency roughly 4-5 times per year. Pierce None
Provided data sets, reports and published articles to Iowa Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Program for development of an interactive aquatic education (grades 4-8) package titled, "Corridors of Exploration: Iowa's Rivers". Pierce 2003-12-01
Member of the academic panel in a 1-day workshop, "Beginning Your Professional Journey," at the 66th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, December 2005. Koford 2005-12-11
Invited dinner speaker at the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League. Title of talk was, "Carp, Zebra Mussels, and the Decline and Recovery of Clear Lake". Pierce 2009-09-01
Invited by a group from the Environmental Defense Fund and Purdue University to join an online focus group to discuss our collaborative multipurpose oxbow restoration program, April 20, 2020. Pierce 2020-04-20
Invited by The Nature Conservancy to speak about the conservation value of oxbow restoration to a breakfast meeting of influential business leaders at the Des Moines Botanical Center, September 4, 2019 Pierce 2019-09-04
Invited by Polk County Conservation Board to lead the fish sampling portion of a Bioblitz of Fourmile Creek Greenbelt Pierce 2019-06-07
Invited by Polk County Conservation Board to lead the fish sampling portion of a Bioblitz Pierce 2018-06-08
Invited by Iowa Water Center to serve as a water professional interviewee for their high school student essay contest Pierce 2018-12-01
Interviewed for local government channel (TV12) program on fishery in newly aquired public lake. Pierce 2001-12-05
Interviewed for Mason City Globe Gazette newspaper about carp monitoring and removal as part of the Clear Lake Ecosystem Simulation Model project. Pierce 2008-11-14
Interviewed for Iowa Outdoors magazine about carp monitoring and removal as part of the Clear Lake Ecosystem Simulation Model project. Provided follow-up documentation and photos. Pierce 2008-12-01
Interviewed by reporter from Ames Tribune regarding effects of drought on local fish. Answers published in the Outdoors section in a question-and-answer format. Pierce 2013-01-18
Interviewed by reporter from Ames Tribune for an article on effects of flooding on local fish. Pierce 2013-07-01
Interviewed by program host and intern for radio program broadcast on Ames radio station KHOI on effects of floods on local streams and fish. Pierce 2013-06-04
Interviewed by Iowa State University News Service for article on service-learning in courses at Iowa State. Described service-learning component of Fisheries Science graduate course. Published by ISU News Service and sent to regional and national news outlets. Pierce 2010-04-01
Interviewed by Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Science News Service for article on restoring multipurpose oxbows for improving water quality and habitat for an endangered species. Published online and sent to regional and national news outlets. Pierce 2019-11-14
Interviewed by Iowa Soybean Association writer for article on restoring multipurpose oxbows for improving water quality and habitat for an endangered species. Published online and sent to regional and national news outlets, May 2020. Pierce 2020-05-01
Interviewed by Ames Tribune for article about practical problem-solving student projects in Fisheries Science class. Hosted class visit by journalist. Provided background material. Pierce 2009-04-01
In-Fisherman Magazine highlighted a recently published study of carp movement and habitat selection in the Bits & Pieces science review section of the March 2010 issue. Pierce 2010-03-01
Gave a talk to the Iowa Natural Resource Commission titled "The Iowa Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit: Natural Resource Science Contributions to Iowa and the Nation". Pierce 2008-02-13
Developed and provided descriptive posters for public display at visitor centers in Voyageurs National Park. Posters showcase results of study funded by National Park Service to assess the long term viability of a unique strain of muskellunge found only in Voyageurs. Pierce 2006-04-24
Conducted oxbow fish sampling demonstration for Boone River Watershed Project landowner field day Pierce 2017-04-10
Conducted electrofishing demonstration for program to recruit high school students into the Iowa State University College of Agriculture Pierce 2003-04-01
Conducted electrofishing demonstration for Marshalltown High School STEM Camp Pierce 2017-06-13
Conducted electrofishing demonstration for Central College Vertebrate Biology class Pierce 2010-10-01
Conducted electrofishing demonstration and stream quality assessment lecture for Iowa State University undergraduate learning community. Pierce 2003-10-01
Conducted electrofishing demonstration and informal stream quality assessment lecture for Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition. Pierce 2004-10-01