Virginia Technical Assistance Activities
For assistance, contact:
Virginia Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit Administrative Assistant (DOI/USGS)
106 Cheatham Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0321
Phone: (540) 231-4934
Phone: (540) 231-4934
|Description and Agency||Provider(s)||Date|
provided technical assistance to H. Bell (USFWS) regarding the status of American eel
participated via telephone in a CALFED ERP Science Board meeting
assistance to J. Echols (Clean Streams) regarding stream fish responses to metal pollution
USFWS bat automated identification software testing.
USFWS Region 3,4,5
|Ford, Silvis, Thorne||2014-05-01|
USFWS Myotis septentrionalis threats assessment team
Chicago Field Office
To USFWS regarding population dynamics of Roanoke logperch
To The Nature Conservancy regarding climate-change impacts on rives
The Nature Conservancy
To MA Fisheries and Wildlife regarding computation of IBI metrics
MA Fisheries and Wildlife
To Friends of the Russel Fork regarding biology of variegate darter
Friends of the Russel Fork
Technical assistance to Snowshoe Mountain Resort/Intrawest on endangered Virginia northern flying squirrel monitoring.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Study design for collection of hair for DNA sampling, provided to Pocosin Lakes and Alligator River NWRs
Provided technical assistant to Dr. Debra Bourne of the Royal Veterinary College of London on bear reproductive biology/ physiology.
Provided technical assistance to W. Hester (USFWS) regarding impacts of major dams on Roanoke logperch.
Provided technical assistance to R. Slusser (Va DCR) regarding stream restoration.
Provided technical assistance to R. Abell (WWF) regarding landscape-scale models to predict aquatic species occurance.
Provided technical assistance to Hank Hristienko, Manitoba Conservation, Wildlife Branch concerning black bear attacks.
Provided technical assistance to Hank Hristienko with the Manitoba Department of Natural Resouces on cannibalsim in black bears.
Provided technical assistance to Franklin Co., VA regarding recommended flow-releases from Leesville Dam on Roanoke River.
Franklin County, Va
Provided technical assistance to Felipe Cano, USFS, regarding development of IBIs for streams in Puerto Rico.
Provided technical assistance to Dr. Jim Miller (Mississippi State) on the issue of baiting bears.
Provided technical assistance to Dave Telesco with the Black Bear Conservation Committee on the process of organizing a Scientific Review Committee.
Provided technical assistance to Cindy Kane (USFWS) regarding effects of eutrophication on Roanoke logperch.
Provided technical assistance to Bill Stiver, Smoky Mountains National Park, about radio collars and spacers for yearling black bears.
Provided rechnical assistance to Harry Reynolds, AK Fish and Game, about cryptorchidism in black bears.
Provided information to W. Hester (USFWS) regarding sampling for Roanoke logperch
Provided information to W. Hester (USFWS) regarding distribution of Roanoke logperch
Provided information to T. Dean (USFWS) regarding occurrences of Roanoke logperch and setting up an inter-agency workshop on logperch management
Provided information and advice on revocery of Roanoke logperch
Provided data and advice on assessing biotic integrity of low-gradient streams for the MA Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Provided assistance to the Lincoln Zoo on caring for bears over winter
Provided assistance to the Florida Fish and Game Department on black bear cub survival.
Provided assistance to W. Lellis (USGS) regarding river monitoring.
Provided assistance to VDOT regarding surveys for Roanoke logperch
Provided assistance to R. Marks (American Rivers) regarding American eel population dynamics.
Provided assistance to Manitoba Wildlife Department on bear behavior and physiology in relation to a bear attack there.
Provided assistance to Leo Snead (VDOT) regarding the need for a fish survey in Elliott Creek.
Provided assistance to J. Knight (FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) regarding use of electric seines
Provided advice on surveying and monitoring rare aquatic species.
Provided Technical Assistance to the Virginia Department of Transportation on requirements and specifications for black bear highway underpass crossings.
Provided Technical Assistance to Dr. Sara Lyle, Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, LSU, on induced ovulation in bears. He also provided data on black bear cub survival to Courtney Lix for a book on bears of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, LSU
Provided Bob Graham- Virginia Electric Power Company- with information on the James spinymussel and how the comoany could support restoration of the species.
North American Bat Monitoring Program - consultation for multi-species status assessment
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service T&E Consultation Committee - Assessment of Myotis septentrionalis
National Park Service
Met with Melanie Carter (USFWS) and Will Smith (USFWS), along with Brett Ostby and Jamie Roberts (Unit PhD students), to design a study to monitor effects of grazing BMPs on biotic condition of Copper Creek.
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
Membership and technical assistance to Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative on science advisory team and terrestrial ecology working group.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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
Information on techniques to determine food preferences of bears, provided to Dr. Mel Hsiu Hwang of Taiwan, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology.
Information on black bear population dynamics, provided to VDGIF on a continuing basis
Information on bear physiology, provided to Dr. Steven Caldwell, University of Virginia
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.
Expert review of the Homosassa shrew status report and management plan
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
Determining black bear habitat requirments, assistance provided to Hank Hristinko, Manitoba Department of Conservation.
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.
Conducted assessment of habitat suitability for Roanoke logperch at three road crossings in Fort Pickett.
Assisted the US Air Force in developing a biomonitoring program for aquatic systems in Ft. Eglin, FL.
Assisted VDGIF in ranking fish species with respect to conservation need.
Assisted USFWS in ranking threats to Roanoke logperch.
Assisted TNC in ranking threats to aquatic biota in the Roanoke and Chowan river drainages of VA.
Assisted M. Marshall (NPS) regarding monitoring river-fish communities.
Assisted J. Schmerfeld (USFWS) regarding distribution of Roanoke logperch relative to a fish kill
Assisted Heather Bell (USFWS) regarding status of American eel
Assisted Department of Justice with the Ohio River mussel kill at Marietta, OH.
Assisted A. Ernst (USGS) regarding distribution/biology of American eel
Assist FWS Regions 3, 4 , and 5 with mussel related questions.
Assist Department of Justice with NRDA cases on mussels.
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
|Role - Description||Provider||Start Date||End Date|
|a. Member of FWC search committee to fill Applied Fish Ecologist faculty position||Angermeier||2012-09-01||Present|
|member of FWC search committee for infectious disease ecologist||Angermeier||2017-01-01||2017-04-30|
|FiW search committee - participated in initial meeting of FiW search committee to fill new fisheries ecology position||Angermeier||2010-10-01||2010-10-31|
|chaired search committee for Unit Leader||Angermeier||2009-10-01||2010-04-30|
|Member, University Advisory Council for Environmental Sustainability||Angermeier||2004-10-01||2008-09-30|
|Member, FiW Faculty Search Committee||Angermeier||2004-10-01||2005-03-31|
|Graduate Student Association Delegate, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech - Delegate (1 of 2) elected by the FiW graduate students to represent the department in VTGSA||Coleman||2012-08-01||2013-08-31|
|Vice President, Student Chapter of the WIldlife Society, University of Georgia||Coleman||2010-05-01||2011-05-31|
|Member, Curriculum Committee, University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources - Serve as alumni reviewer/oversight on University of Georgia undergraduate and graduate curriculum and program development||Ford||2008-04-01||Present|
|Search committee Mammalogy Instructor, 2012||Ford||2012-04-01||2012-05-31|
|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||2011-06-01||2011-08-31|
|Member, Facilities Committee||Neves||2005-08-01||2006-08-31|
|Member, Outreach and Honorifics Committee||Neves||2005-08-01||2006-08-31|
|Member, Facilities Committee||Vaughan||2004-08-01||Present|
|Member, Research Extension and International Affairs Committee||Vaughan||2004-08-01||Present|
|Member, Seminar and Orientation Committee||Vaughan||2004-08-01||Present|
|Role and Organization||Individual||Start Date||End Date|
|Streamwatch Technical Advisory Committee||Odom||2010-01-01||Present|
|Mineland Stewardship Initiative||Ford||2012-01-01||Present|
|Member, Zebra Mussel Advisory Team||Neves||2003-01-01||2004-12-31|
|Member, Virginia's Mollusk Recovery Group||Neves||1985-09-01||Present|
|Member, Virginia Bear Hunters Association||Vaughan||1994-01-01||Present|
|Member, Tennessee's Rare Mollusk Recovery Committee||Neves||1988-06-01||Present|
|Member, Steering Committee, National Conservation Plan for Freshwater Mussels||Neves||1993-04-01||Present|
|Member, Science Advisory Board, CALFED's Restoration of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Ecosystem||Angermeier||2002-01-01||2005-05-31|
|Member, Sand County Foundation's Quality Hunting Ecology Program.||Angermeier||1999-05-01||2003-12-31|
|Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey||Vaughan||2003-06-01||2003-06-30|
|Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey||Neves||2003-01-01||2003-04-30|
|Member, Ohio River Ecosystem Team; Mussel Subcommittee||Neves||1996-01-01||Present|
|Member, National Wild Turkey Federation||Vaughan||1982-01-01||Present|
|Member, Mollusk Recovery Group, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service||Neves||2002-01-01||Present|
|Member, Florida Panther Science Review Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service||Vaughan||2002-04-01||2003-11-30|
|Member, Endangered Species Committee||Neves||2001-05-01||2001-12-31|
|Member, Ecosystem Team for Southern Appalachians||Neves||1998-07-01||Present|
|Member, Dwarf Wedgemussel Recovery Team||Neves||2001-08-01||Present|
|Member, Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of Natural History. Five year appointment.||Neves||2001-03-01||2005-03-31|
|Member, Advisory Committee for Virginia's Invasive Species Council||Neves||2003-12-01||Present|
|Member, Advisory Board for ORSANCO's Development of a Fish-Based index to assess biotic integrity of Ohio River||Angermeier||2002-02-01||2004-12-31|
|Member, Peer Review Committee, Mussel Mitigation Trust Fund||Neves||1997-03-01||Present|
|Council Member, Important Bird Areas, Audubon Society||Neves||2000-01-01||Present|
|traveled to Roanoke, VA to give presentation to Garden City Elementary School on water quality and fishes in Roanoke River||Angermeier||2011-05-12|
|traveled to Roanoke Rapids, NC to discuss ongoing research on aquatic ecosystem services with the Roanoke River Basin Association||Angermeier||2011-03-12|
|traveled to Durham, NC to co-facilitate workshop on aquatic ecosystem services in Albemarle-Pamlico basin for >20 stakeholder groups||Angermeier||2011-03-22|
|interviewed by Dan Sweeney of Channel 7 News, Roanoke, VA regarding Roanoke logperch||Angermeier||2011-07-06|
|contributed to a televised news story (Channel 7, Roanoke, VA) on Roanoke River and Roanoke logperch||Angermeier||2011-07-15|
|assisted Friends of the New River with hosting a luncheon for paddlers participating in the annual New River Expedition||Angermeier||2011-07-31|
|Was interviewed by Christy Straight of Upper Roanoke River Roundtable regarding current research on aquatic ecosystem services.||Angermeier||2010-11-15|
|VCFWRU staff provided an introduction to acoustic techniques for bat research to Radford University undergraduate students.||Silvis, Coleman||2013-04-01|
|University Outreach, Co-advised undergraduate female in summer minority program.||Neves||2001-07-31|
|Title- Tech's Neves worls to save endangered freahwater mussels. Spectrum Newspaper 4/15/02||Neves||2002-04-01|
|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||2001-04-15|
|Recorded a radio spot on his bear research for the CBS radio program "The Osgood Files".||Vaughan||2004-10-29|
|Recorded a 30-minute TV spot on his bear research for the Virginia Tech Discovery series hosted by Paul Lancaster.||Vaughan||2004-10-04|
|Radio telemetry is a staple in wildlife research. As part of a field learning exercise coordinated by the Radford University chapter of the Wildlife Society, I led a series of simple field exercises exploring the use of radio telemetry in wildlife research.||Silvis|
|Quoted in recent articles on the mussel restoration program of the Clinch River; Richlands News-Press and Bristol Herald Courier.||Neves||2004-11-20|
|Quoted by Richland News and Bristol Press covering the VDGIF mussel release in Cedar Bluff.||Neves||2004-10-15|
|Quoted In People Magazine (Vol 58: No 4, July 2002) regarding rehabilitation of orphaned black bear cubs.||Vaughan||2002-07-01|
|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||2005-06-23|
|Provided information on pearls to a reporter for Earth and Sky Radio Program.||Neves||2004-02-01|
|Participated in an interview and site visit of the Center for Bear Research for the Roanoke Times.||Vaughan||2005-02-22|
|Meeting on water issues.||Angermeier||2001-08-10|
|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||2002-03-01|
|Interviwed by P. Lancaster (Va Tech) for a radio news release about American eel.||Angermeier||2005-03-09|
|Interviewed to discuss the release of mussels in 2005 and recovery of mussels killed in 1998 at Cedar Bluff, VA .||Neves||2005-06-17|
|Interviewed by WAMU radio regarding impacts of invasive northern snakehead||Angermeier|
|Interviewed by Trina Shultz about his black bear research for an article in the Virginia Tech magazine.||Vaughan||2004-10-23|
|Interviewed by Roanoke Times to discuss the release of mussels in 2005 and recovery of mussels killed in 1998 at Cedar Bluff, VA||Neves||2005-06-20|
|Interviewed by Liza Cross of the Public Library of Science in CA for an article on Florida panthers.||Vaughan||2005-05-06|
|Interviewed by J. Cramer (Roanoke Times) for an article about American eel.||Angermeier||2005-03-19|
|Interviewed by F. Hardy (Virginia Sportsman) for an article about American eel.||Angermeier||2005-03-26|
|Interviewed by Channel 10 News about recent bear poaching arrests in Virginia.||Vaughan||2005-09-26|
|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||2005-06-19|
|Interview on biological effects of zebra mussels. Heraldo News, Madrid, Spain. 1/12/02.||Neves||2002-01-01|
|Interview on asphalt spill into Nottoway River. WVTF 7/14/02.||Neves||2002-07-01|
|Interview for Sierra Club video.||Neves||2001-07-20|
|Front page article on mussel restoration in Virginia. Richmond Times-Dispatch 7/13/02.||Neves||2002-07-01|
|Exhibit on mussel conservation at Virginia Tech's Farm and Family Showcase.||Neves||2003-09-01|
|Exhibit at Virginia Tech's Farm and Family Showcase titled "Virginia's Dazzling Darters".||Angermeier||2003-09-01|
|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||2016-07-19|
|Blue Ridge Country Magazine (Vol XV, No 7/8, July/August 2002:31-35) on bear research||Vaughan||2002-07-01|
|Bats are an important component of ecosystems worldwide, but many people are unfamiliar these animals. At this program, volunteers from Radford University, VCFWRU, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Blacksburg Parks and Recreation staff provided an opportunity for the public to learn more about bats and their ecological importance.||Silvis, Kniowski||2013-09-04|
|As a representative of the VCFWRU, I gave a public presentation on bats in Kentucky at the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation area. I discussed species occurrence in the state as well as the impact that WNS will have on bats in Kentucky.||Silvis||2013-05-31|
|Article on use of DNA analysis of hair for wildlife research; Science News (Vol 161:250-252)||Vaughan||2002-05-01|
|Article on bear research; Virginia Tech Yearbook||Vaughan||2002-08-01|
|Article on bear research; Harrisonburg Times||Vaughan||2001-12-01|
|Angermeier, P. L. 2001. Tech should be an environmental leader, not laggard. Roanoke Times, 16 September.||Angermeier||2001-09-01|
|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||2005-09-05|
|Although an important part of many ecosystems, bats are commonly misunderstood. As a representative of the VCFWRU, I led an informal outreach/nature program on bats at the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation area. The event was open to the public and designed to appeal to all age groups, and allowed participants to hear bats flying overhead.||Silvis||2012-06-20|
|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||2002-10-01|
|2 Dec: traveled to Roanoke, VA to give presentation to Upper Roanoke River Roundtable regarding current research on aquatic ecosystem services.||Angermeier||2010-12-02|