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

Virginia Technical Assistance Activities


The Virginia Unit conducts vital research for understanding population dynamics of many bat species, including the red bat.

For assistance, contact:

Terri Waid
Virginia Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit Administrative Assistant (DOI/USGS)
106 Cheatham Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0321
Phone: (540) 231-4934
Email: twaid@vt.edu
Phone: (540) 231-4934

Description and Agency Provider(s) Date
provided technical assistance to H. Bell (USFWS) regarding the status of American eel
Angermeier July 2005
participated via telephone in a CALFED ERP Science Board meeting
Angermeier March 2005
assistance to J. Echols (Clean Streams) regarding stream fish responses to metal pollution
Angermeier June 2005
USFWS bat automated identification software testing.
USFWS Region 3,4,5
Ford, Silvis, Thorne May 2014
USFWS Myotis septentrionalis threats assessment team
Chicago Field Office
Ford August 2014
Technical assistance to Snowshoe Mountain Resort/Intrawest on endangered Virginia northern flying squirrel monitoring.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Ford November 2011
Study design for collection of hair for DNA sampling, provided to Pocosin Lakes and Alligator River NWRs
Vaughan June 2004
Provided technical assistant to Dr. Debra Bourne of the Royal Veterinary College of London on bear reproductive biology/ physiology.
Vaughan June 2007
Provided technical assistance to W. Hester (USFWS) regarding impacts of major dams on Roanoke logperch.
Angermeier February 2005
Provided technical assistance to R. Slusser (Va DCR) regarding stream restoration.
Angermeier June 2007
Provided technical assistance to R. Abell (WWF) regarding landscape-scale models to predict aquatic species occurance.
Angermeier June 2007
Provided technical assistance to Hank Hristienko, Manitoba Conservation, Wildlife Branch concerning black bear attacks.
Vaughan September 2005
Provided technical assistance to Hank Hristienko with the Manitoba Department of Natural Resouces on cannibalsim in black bears.
Vaughan October 2002
Provided technical assistance to Felipe Cano, USFS, regarding development of IBIs for streams in Puerto Rico.
Angermeier February 2005
Provided technical assistance to Dr. Jim Miller (Mississippi State) on the issue of baiting bears.
Vaughan November 2004
Provided technical assistance to Dave Telesco with the Black Bear Conservation Committee on the process of organizing a Scientific Review Committee.
Vaughan January 2005
Provided technical assistance to Cindy Kane (USFWS) regarding effects of eutrophication on Roanoke logperch.
Angermeier February 2005
Provided technical assistance to Bill Stiver, Smoky Mountains National Park, about radio collars and spacers for yearling black bears.
Vaughan June 2007
Provided rechnical assistance to Harry Reynolds, AK Fish and Game, about cryptorchidism in black bears.
Vaughan June 2007
Provided information to W. Hester (USFWS) regarding distribution of Roanoke logperch
USFWS
Angermeier March 2011
Provided information and advice on revocery of Roanoke logperch
Angermeier January 2003
Provided data and advice on assessing biotic integrity of low-gradient streams for the MA Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Angermeier July 2003
Provided assistance to the Lincoln Zoo on caring for bears over winter
Vaughan June 2003
Provided assistance to the Florida Fish and Game Department on black bear cub survival.
Vaughan September 2003
Provided assistance to W. Lellis (USGS) regarding river monitoring.
Angermeier May 2005
Provided assistance to VDOT regarding surveys for Roanoke logperch
Angermeier May 2005
Provided assistance to R. Marks (American Rivers) regarding American eel population dynamics.
Angermeier June 2005
Provided assistance to Manitoba Wildlife Department on bear behavior and physiology in relation to a bear attack there.
Vaughan June 2003
Provided assistance to Leo Snead (VDOT) regarding the need for a fish survey in Elliott Creek.
Angermeier, Neves November 2004
Provided assistance to J. Knight (FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) regarding use of electric seines
Angermeier April 2005
Provided advice on surveying and monitoring rare aquatic species.
Angermeier March 2003
Provided Technical Assistance to the Virginia Department of Transportation on requirements and specifications for black bear highway underpass crossings.
Vaughan March 2005
Provided Bob Graham- Virginia Electric Power Company- with information on the James spinymussel and how the comoany could support restoration of the species.
Neves August 2003
North American Bat Monitoring Program - consultation for multi-species status assessment
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Deeley, Ford March 2020
National Park Service T&E Consultation Committee - Assessment of Myotis septentrionalis
National Park Service
Ford May 2020
Membership in and technical assistance provided to USFWS Regions 3,4, and 5 Indiana bat monitoring protocol revisions team. Providing guidance on acoustics, roost-tree monitoring and detection prob.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ford May 2011
Membership and technical assistance to Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative on science advisory team and terrestrial ecology working group.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ford August 2011
Little brown bat ecology review team. This work is to assess ecology and science for the species to begin possible listing as threatened or endangered.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ford August 2012
Information on techniques to determine food preferences of bears, provided to Dr. Mel Hsiu Hwang of Taiwan, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology.
Vaughan July 2004
Information on black bear population dynamics, provided to VDGIF on a continuing basis
Vaughan May 2004
Information on bear physiology, provided to Dr. Steven Caldwell, University of Virginia
Vaughan June 2004
Hank Hristienko of the Manitoba Wildlife Branch on (1)incidence of Chronic Wasting Disease in carnivores that feed on infected carcasses and (2)the use of hunting to solve bear-human conflicts.
Neves, Vaughan October 2004
Expert review of the Homosassa shrew status report and management plan
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
Ford March 2012
Determining black bear habitat requirments, assistance provided to Hank Hristinko, Manitoba Department of Conservation.
Vaughan April 2004
Coordinated the collection of mussels from the Middle Fork Holston River, VA and Kentucky Lake, TN for CLiff Starliper at the National Fish Health Lab.
Neves October 2002
Conducted assessment of habitat suitability for Roanoke logperch at three road crossings in Fort Pickett.
Angermeier June 2003
Assisted the US Air Force in developing a biomonitoring program for aquatic systems in Ft. Eglin, FL.
Angermeier November 2003
Assisted VDGIF in ranking fish species with respect to conservation need.
Angermeier November 2003
Assisted USFWS in ranking threats to Roanoke logperch.
Angermeier August 2004
Assisted TNC in ranking threats to aquatic biota in the Roanoke and Chowan river drainages of VA.
Angermeier October 2003
Assisted M. Marshall (NPS) regarding monitoring river-fish communities.
Angermeier April 2005
Assisted J. Schmerfeld (USFWS) regarding distribution of Roanoke logperch relative to a fish kill
Angermeier April 2005
Assisted Heather Bell (USFWS) regarding status of American eel
Angermeier April 2005
Assisted Department of Justice with the Ohio River mussel kill at Marietta, OH.
Neves April 2003
Assisted A. Ernst (USGS) regarding distribution/biology of American eel
Angermeier April 2005
Assist FWS Regions 3, 4 , and 5 with mussel related questions.
Neves June 2004
Assist Department of Justice with NRDA cases on mussels.
Neves November 2003
6 Sep, Staunton, Va – Jamie Roberts and Paul Angermeier met with 15 USFWS staff to brief them on current understanding of Roanoke logperch ecology and conservation.
USFWS, VA staff
Roberts, Angermeier September 2012
Role - Description Provider         Start Date        End Date       
member of FWC search committee for infectious disease ecologist Angermeier January 2017 April 2017
chaired search committee for Unit Leader Angermeier October 2009 April 2010
a. Member of FWC search committee to fill Applied Fish Ecologist faculty position Angermeier September 2012 Present
Search committee member, interim mammalogy position, Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech - Assisted department head in interviewing and selecting interim mammalogist for the fall 2011 semester Ford June 2011 August 2011
Search committee Mammalogy Instructor, 2012 Ford April 2012 May 2012
Member, University Advisory Council for Environmental Sustainability Angermeier October 2004 September 2008
Member, Seminar and Orientation Committee Vaughan August 2004 Present
Member, Research Extension and International Affairs Committee Vaughan August 2004 Present
Member, Outreach and Honorifics Committee Neves August 2005 August 2006
Member, FiW Faculty Search Committee Angermeier October 2004 March 2005
Member, Facilities Committee Neves August 2005 August 2006
Member, Facilities Committee Vaughan August 2004 Present
FiW search committee - participated in initial meeting of FiW search committee to fill new fisheries ecology position Angermeier October 2010 October 2010
Role and Organization Individual         Start Date        End Date       
Mineland Stewardship Initiative Ford January 2012 Present
Member, Zebra Mussel Advisory Team Neves January 2003 December 2004
Member, Virginia's Mollusk Recovery Group Neves September 1985 Present
Member, Virginia Bear Hunters Association Vaughan January 1994 Present
Member, Tennessee's Rare Mollusk Recovery Committee Neves June 1988 Present
Member, Steering Committee, National Conservation Plan for Freshwater Mussels Neves April 1993 Present
Member, Science Advisory Board, CALFED's Restoration of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Ecosystem Angermeier January 2002 May 2005
Member, Sand County Foundation's Quality Hunting Ecology Program. Angermeier May 1999 December 2003
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Vaughan June 2003 June 2003
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Neves January 2003 April 2003
Member, Ohio River Ecosystem Team; Mussel Subcommittee Neves January 1996 Present
Member, National Wild Turkey Federation Vaughan January 1982 Present
Member, Mollusk Recovery Group, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Neves January 2002 Present
Member, Florida Panther Science Review Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Vaughan April 2002 November 2003
Member, Endangered Species Committee Neves May 2001 December 2001
Member, Ecosystem Team for Southern Appalachians Neves July 1998 Present
Member, Dwarf Wedgemussel Recovery Team Neves August 2001 Present
Member, Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of Natural History. Five year appointment. Neves March 2001 March 2005
Member, Advisory Committee for Virginia's Invasive Species Council Neves December 2003 Present
Member, Advisory Board for ORSANCO's Development of a Fish-Based index to assess biotic integrity of Ohio River Angermeier February 2002 December 2004
Member, Peer Review Committee, Mussel Mitigation Trust Fund Neves March 1997 Present
Council Member, Important Bird Areas, Audubon Society Neves January 2000 Present
Outreach Activity Provider(s)        Date       
traveled to Roanoke, VA to give presentation to Garden City Elementary School on water quality and fishes in Roanoke River Angermeier May 2011
traveled to Roanoke Rapids, NC to discuss ongoing research on aquatic ecosystem services with the Roanoke River Basin Association Angermeier March 2011
traveled to Durham, NC to co-facilitate workshop on aquatic ecosystem services in Albemarle-Pamlico basin for >20 stakeholder groups Angermeier March 2011
interviewed by Dan Sweeney of Channel 7 News, Roanoke, VA regarding Roanoke logperch Angermeier July 2011
contributed to a televised news story (Channel 7, Roanoke, VA) on Roanoke River and Roanoke logperch Angermeier July 2011
assisted Friends of the New River with hosting a luncheon for paddlers participating in the annual New River Expedition Angermeier July 2011
Was interviewed by Christy Straight of Upper Roanoke River Roundtable regarding current research on aquatic ecosystem services. Angermeier November 2010
University Outreach, Co-advised undergraduate female in summer minority program. Neves July 2001
Title- Tech's Neves worls to save endangered freahwater mussels. Spectrum Newspaper 4/15/02 Neves April 2002
Scheduled visits to the captive bear facility by school classes and citizen groups. Five groups attended between March 1, 2001 and April 15, 2001. Vaughan April 2001
Recorded a radio spot on his bear research for the CBS radio program "The Osgood Files". Vaughan October 2004
Recorded a 30-minute TV spot on his bear research for the Virginia Tech Discovery series hosted by Paul Lancaster. Vaughan October 2004
Quoted in recent articles on the mussel restoration program of the Clinch River; Richlands News-Press and Bristol Herald Courier. Neves November 2004
Quoted by Richland News and Bristol Press covering the VDGIF mussel release in Cedar Bluff. Neves October 2004
Quoted In People Magazine (Vol 58: No 4, July 2002) regarding rehabilitation of orphaned black bear cubs. Vaughan July 2002
Provided information to Shery Bithel (Virginia Tech Magazine) for an article on his captive bear research. The article appeared in the Strategist, a Virginia Tech peridodical that goes to alumni. Vaughan June 2005
Provided information on pearls to a reporter for Earth and Sky Radio Program. Neves February 2004
Participated in an interview and site visit of the Center for Bear Research for the Roanoke Times. Vaughan February 2005
Meeting on water issues. Angermeier August 2001
Made by VDGIF of captive bear research for use in Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL) Program. Distributed to the Virginia Department of Education. Vaughan March 2002
Interviwed by P. Lancaster (Va Tech) for a radio news release about American eel. Angermeier March 2005
Interviewed to discuss the release of mussels in 2005 and recovery of mussels killed in 1998 at Cedar Bluff, VA . Neves June 2005
Interviewed by Trina Shultz about his black bear research for an article in the Virginia Tech magazine. Vaughan October 2004
Interviewed by Roanoke Times to discuss the release of mussels in 2005 and recovery of mussels killed in 1998 at Cedar Bluff, VA Neves June 2005
Interviewed by Liza Cross of the Public Library of Science in CA for an article on Florida panthers. Vaughan May 2005
Interviewed by J. Cramer (Roanoke Times) for an article about American eel. Angermeier March 2005
Interviewed by F. Hardy (Virginia Sportsman) for an article about American eel. Angermeier March 2005
Interviewed by Channel 10 News about recent bear poaching arrests in Virginia. Vaughan September 2005
Interviewed by Bristol Herald Courier to discuss the release of mussels in 2005 and recovery of mussels killed in 1998 at Cedar Bluff, VA . Neves June 2005
Interview on biological effects of zebra mussels. Heraldo News, Madrid, Spain. 1/12/02. Neves January 2002
Interview on asphalt spill into Nottoway River. WVTF 7/14/02. Neves July 2002
Interview for Sierra Club video. Neves July 2001
Front page article on mussel restoration in Virginia. Richmond Times-Dispatch 7/13/02. Neves July 2002
Exhibit on mussel conservation at Virginia Tech's Farm and Family Showcase. Neves September 2003
Exhibit at Virginia Tech's Farm and Family Showcase titled "Virginia's Dazzling Darters". Angermeier September 2003
Congressional Natural Resource Committee Staff briefing and tour of bat project at NPS Rock Creek Park in Washington DC. Co-hosted with NPS NCR, USFWS Region 5, USFWS WO and USGS CRU Reston staff. Ford July 2016
Blue Ridge Country Magazine (Vol XV, No 7/8, July/August 2002:31-35) on bear research Vaughan July 2002
Article on use of DNA analysis of hair for wildlife research; Science News (Vol 161:250-252) Vaughan May 2002
Article on bear research; Virginia Tech Yearbook Vaughan August 2002
Article on bear research; Harrisonburg Times Vaughan December 2001
Angermeier, P. L. 2001. Tech should be an environmental leader, not laggard. Roanoke Times, 16 September. Angermeier September 2001
An article titled "Why not the best? How science failed the Florida panther", which drew heavily on the Florida panther Science Review Team's report to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and quoted members of the team, including Mike Vaughan, appeared in the September 2005 issue of Public Library of Science (PLOS) Biology Vaughan September 2005
A Children's Book titled "Russell the Mussel".Conover, A., R. Biggins, and R. Neves. 2002. Russell the Mussel. Virginia Tech Press, Blacksburg, VA Neves October 2002
2 Dec: traveled to Roanoke, VA to give presentation to Upper Roanoke River Roundtable regarding current research on aquatic ecosystem services. Angermeier December 2010