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

Oklahoma Technical Assistance Activities


Scientists conducting genetic analysis in the lab.

As part of our mission, scientists at the Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit often provide technical assistance ranging from data analysis support, GIS mapping, workshops, and consultations on a variety of natural resource issues.

Some of our recent contributions are listed below.

Description and Agency Provider(s) Date
Worked with state biologist to build a PIT tag array for their project on Canton Reservoir, both building an active array and also to build passive stations.
Oklahoma department of Wildlife Conservation
Brewer November 2018
Served as a technical reviewer on the Species Status Assessment. I also consulted with biologists on several occasions about habitat recovery options.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Brewer January 2018
Reviewer
U.S. Geological Survey
Bruckerhoff April 2021
Reviewer
Freshwater Biology
Bruckerhoff August 2021
Reviewer
Aquatic Sciences
Bruckerhoff May 2021
Reviewed "Monitoring Avian Conservation: Rationale, Design, and Coordination," written by the Science and Research Committee of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, November 2004.
Leslie November 2004
Review proposals for funding (Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative)
Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Long April 2010
Review proposal for Saltonstall-Kennedy grant program
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Long November 2019
Review proposal for Langston University
Langston University
Long August 2012
Review paper for publication in Wetlands
Wetlands Journal
Long August 2012
Review paper for publication in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
American Fisheries Society
Long September 2013
Review paper for publication in River Research and Management
John Wiley and Sons
Long February 2012
Review paper for publication in Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Ageencies
Long June 2012
Review paper for publication in Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Ageencies
Long January 2011
Review paper for publication in North American Journal of Fisheries Management
American Fisheries Society
Long October 2011
Review paper for publication in North American Journal of Fisheries Management
American Fisheries Society
Long July 2013
Review paper for publication in Hydrobiologia
Hydrobiologia
Long January 2011
Review paper for publication in Fish and Fisheries
John Wiley and Sons
Long May 2012
Review paper for publication in Conservation Biology.
Conservation Biology
Long March 2013
Review paper for publication in Aquatic Invasions
Aquatic Invasions Journals
Long January 2010
Review of proposal for National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Shoal bass in middle Chattahoochee River; part of Native Black Bass Initiative)
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Long March 2012
Review of proposal for National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Guadalupe bass restoration initiative; part of Native Black Bass Initiative)
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Long June 2010
Review manual on native fish restoration using Fintrol for National Park Service.
National Park Service
Long September 2012
Review draft Species Status Assessment
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Long September 2021
Provided technical review of the "Critical Impact Assessment for the Endangered Alabama Beach Mouse" for Region 4 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Office.
Leslie November 2003
Provided technical assistance to two state agencies about how to progress on instream flows within the state- how to evaluate which streams to target and what approaches would make sense given the state's objective. Reviewed several drafts of the states environmental flow reports.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation; Oklahoma Water Resources Board
Brewer June 2019
Provided internal reviews on two prepared manuscripts to improve scientific writing and presentation of material
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Brewer April 2020
Provided information about effects and mitigation of sand mining within the Arbuckle Mountains ecoregion
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Brewer July 2019
Provided expertise to develop Native Black Bass Initiative
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Long September 2009
Provide technical expertise at Fundamental River Values workshop at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Long February 2012
Program review of Native Black Bass Conservation keystone initiative.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Long July 2014
Participated in animal and ecoregion workshops at Oklahoma Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy Conference, Stillwater, OK, 13-14 July 2004
Fisher, Leslie July 2004
Participate in a stakeholder workshop for Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's strategic plan
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Long September 2018
Participant, Workshop on Obstacles to Data Sharing for Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC
Leslie May 2007
Participant, Workshop on Data Registries in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Ecological Society of America, Washington, D.C.
Leslie July 2006
Met with Pioria Tribe to develop a study plan to choose genetically sound stocks of Neosho Smallmouth Bass for reservoir introductions
Pioria Tribe
Brewer February 2014
Identify fish collection for Sac and Fox Nation
Sac and Fox Nation
Long May 2013
Identify fish collection for Sac and Fox Nation
Sac and Fox Nation
Long August 2015
Helped state agency biologists design a sampling protocol for evaluating the abundance of dead mussels associated with the lowering of a reservoir.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Brewer August 2019
Helped develop a case study on Long-Term Public Collaboration for Paddlefish Recovery in Oklahoma for the collaborative conservation and adaptation strategy toolbox (CCAST) .
US Bureau of Reclamation
Long June 2020
Held a workshop for agency biologists focused on otolith preparation and estimation of daily bands
Oklahoma department of wildlife conservation
Brewer January 2020
Group Moderator; Workshop on Data Centers for Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA.
Leslie December 2006
Designed the sampling protocol to support a study to investigate recruitment by riverine smallmouth bass. This study is a collaborative effort between state agency personnel and Dr. Brewer.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conseravtion
Brewer August 2012
Designed stream sampling protocol for two state agencies to support instream-flow objectives.
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
Brewer, Musselman May 2011
Created maps of southeastern black bass ranges
Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership
Long July 2010
Attended science workshop for Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Long October 2011
Attend wildlife diversity workshop for Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Leslie, Long January 2011
Assisted the state conservation agency, GRDA power authority, and the Pioria Tribe in outlining a research plan to raise endemic bass as mitigation fish in a hydropower reservoir.
Pioria Tribe
Brewer February 2014
Assisted in a workshop to direct the instream flow initiative in the Gulf Coast Prairie Region
Southern Aquatic Resources Partnership
Brewer July 2012
Assist with raising buffalo in ponds to conduct age validation study by providing pond space and frequent inspection of captive stock.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Long July 2017
Annual monitoring of translocated Humpback Chub in Havasu Creek.
National Park Service
Bruckerhoff May 2021
Role - Description Provider         Start Date        End Date       
Search and Screen Committee - Review applicants and help lead interview process for tenure track faculty position Brewer September 2015 November 2015
Scholarship and Awards Committee, Natural Resource Ecology and Management - Review of applications for undergraduate and graduate departmental awards, followed by recommendations to the Head Leslie August 2007 December 2010
Retirement Reception Committee - Plan retirement reception for OSU faculty in the Department of Natural Resources Ecology and Management. Brewer September 2014 December 2014
OSU Animal Physiology Committee - Review applications and participate in monthly meetings with the contractors to design a new laboratory facility for animals at OSU Brewer May 2017 April 2020
Mentor, Wentz Undergraduate Research Scholar Program - Assist undergraduate student conduct independent research. Long August 2020 Present
Mentor, Freshman Research Scholar Progam - Mentored a freshman undergraduate student on a research project (using micro-CT x-ray scanning to understand otolith development in age-0 Alligator Gar). Long October 2017 May 2018
Mentor, Freshman Research Scholar Progam - Mentored a freshman undergraduate student on a research project (element analysis of lower Mountain Fork tributaries). Long November 2014 April 2015
Member/Graduate Admissions Committee/ Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology/ Colorado State University - Responsible for admitting MS and PhD students into the department graduate program Winkelman August 2003 August 2012
Member, Steering Committee, Environmental Science Graduate Program Long November 2013 Present
Member, Seminar Committee, Department of Natural Resources Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University Long February 2011 January 2012
Member, NREM Department Natural Resource Biometrics Faculty Search Committee - This position is critical for maintaining SAF-accreditation in our forestry option and part of the teaching assignment will include two forest measurements courses. Other teaching responsibilities are flexible, but the initial charge to the committee is to recruit someone who could teach a graduate level course in ecological statistics. Research direction will involve some aspect of biometrics but could include a variety of ecosystems. Long September 2018 April 2020
Member, NREM Department Head Advisory Committee - The main purposes will be to (1) serve as a sounding board for a variety of issues that may come up, (2) provide the Department Head (DH) with insights as to needs of the faculty and staff and/or (3) offer suggestions related to DH duties. Long August 2016 December 2017
Member, Faculty and Staff Awards Committee, Department of Natural Resources Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University Long February 2011 February 2012
Graduate Committee, Natural Resource Ecology and Management - Responsuble for all aspects of departmental graduate education Leslie May 2011 Present
External Reviewer - Provide an external review for the promotion of a faculty member from Assistant to Associate Professor at Texas Tech University. Brewer September 2015 October 2015
Department Head Search Committee - Help draft position description, advertisement criteria, and screening for department head for Natural Resource Ecology and Management department. Long July 2015 December 2015
Chair/Graduate Research Committee/ Zoology/Oklahoma State University. - Responsible of admissions of MS and PhD students into graduate program Winkelman September 2001 May 2003
Adjunct Graduate Faculty, Texas Tech University Brewer January 2012 Present
Role and Organization Individual         Start Date        End Date       
U.S. Geological Survey, RGE Panel Brewer January 2020 January 2020
Steering Committee member, Science for the Conservation of Endemic Black Bass Species Symposium (Southern Division American Fisheries Society) Long September 2011 Present
Session Chair, Aquatic Ecology, Governor's Water Conference and Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute Annual Meeting Long August 2013 October 2013
Science Team Advisor, Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative Brewer September 2014 Present
Reviewer, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Academic Review Committee, Graduate Programs in Biology, Botany, Wildlife Biology, Zoology, and Biological Sciences Leslie December 2003 May 2004
Reviewer, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society Brewer November 2012 December 2012
Reviewer, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society Brewer April 2011 May 2011
Reviewer, River Research and Applications Brewer October 2012 October 2012
Reviewer, North American Journal of Fisheries Management Brewer June 2012 June 2012
Reviewer, North American Journal of Fisheries Management Brewer January 2013 February 2013
Reviewer, North American Journal of Fisheries Management Brewer August 2011 August 2011
Reviewer, Missouri Academy of Science Brewer August 2011 August 2011
Reviewer, Journal of Great Lakes Science Brewer January 2012 January 2012
Reviewer, Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management Brewer October 2012 October 2012
RGE Review Panel Long November 2018 November 2018
RGE Review Panel Long April 2016 April 2016
Proposal Reviewer, PA Sea Grant Brewer September 2014 Present
Proposal Reviewer, Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute Brewer November 2010 November 2010
Member, Technical Committee, Grand River Dam Authority Technical Committee Leslie December 2001 September 2007
Member, River Classification Committee, Southern Aquatic Resources Partnership Brewer October 2011 September 2012
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Leslie October 2003 October 2003
Member, Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan, Instream Flow Advisory Group Brewer November 2012 Present
Member, Gulf Coastal Prairie Landscape Conseravtion Cooperative instream flow steering committee Brewer February 2012 February 2014
Member, Environmental Flow Working Group, Water Resources Research Institute Brewer September 2011 Present
Member, Advisory Committee, Oklahoma Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy Leslie December 2003 December 2005
Leader and Coordinator, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Leslie January 2012 April 2012
Full Professor Review, Texas State Univeristy Leslie September 2012 September 2012
Full Professor Review, Humbodlt State University Leslie September 2012 September 2012
Dissertation Examining Committee, Australian National University Leslie July 2012 September 2012
Chair, Committee to develop flow-ecology hypotheses, Southern Aquatic Resources Partnership Brewer August 2012 Present
Affiliate Member, South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Lonsinger April 2021 Present
Outreach Activity Provider(s)        Date       
Q&A in Fisheries magazine for recently published book: Black Bass Diversity: Multidisciplinary Science for Conservation. DOI: 10.1080/03632415.2014.955093 Long March 2015
Provided information to a contributor to <a href="//themeateater.com">themeateater.com</a> on the history of black bass and its feared extinction in the early 20th century. Long April 2020
Provided information to High Country News reporter investigating Yaqui Catfish research. Long, Hafen September 2019
Provided information on Paddlefish restoration research activities in Oklahoma for Oklahoma Outdoors TV. Long, Gary March 2019
Presented to Noon Kiwanis on Paddlefish ecology and restoration research Long March 2019
Presented on black bass fisheries in Ozark streams in Oklahoma to Fish and Wildlife Club at Northeastern Oklahoma State University Long September 2019
Participated in interview with Outdoor Oklahoma on Paddlefish restoration. Long March 2019
Local fisheries research expertise for guided discussion around Patagonia's newest environmental film "Artifishal" Long June 2019
Dr. Brewer participated in a segment of Outdoor Oklahoma. The film segment was focused on stream fishing and stream fishes. Brewer November 2012
Dr. Brewer and three of her students attended the Wildlife Expo, hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, to explain stream structure and function to the general public. Brewer September 2011
Article in Outdoor News Bulletin titled "Using Environmental Niche Models to Determine the Distribution of the Oklahoma-state Endangered Longnose Darter" Long April 2018
Article in Outdoor News Bulletin titled "Conserving Black Bass Diversity" Long October 2014