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

Alabama Education Activities


Student setting a trap for bobwhite quail on Conecuh National Forest, AL.

The Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit teach graduate level course in applied fisheries and wildlife science. Coursework offered by unit scientists focus on quantitative ecology and management science.

Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Wildlife Population Analysis Grand August 2016 December 2016
Wildlife Population Analysis Grand August 2005 December 2005
Wildlife Population Analysis Grand August 2001 December 2001
Use of focal species for coservation planning Grand January 2011 May 2011
Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Management McGowan January 2013 April 2013
Structured Decision Making for Natural Resource Management McGowan January 2011 April 2011
Structured Decision Making Gitzen, Irwin August 2020 December 2020
Special Topics in Lotic Ecology Irwin January 2004 May 2004
Special Topics Population Analysis Grand January 2005 May 2005
Special Topics Lotic Ecology Irwin January 2005 May 2005
Special Topics Lotic Ecology Irwin August 2010 December 2010
Special Problems-Restoration Ecology Irwin August 2019 December 2019
Special Problems-Restoration Ecology Irwin August 2017 December 2017
Special Problem in Wildlife Science:MATLAB Programming Grand January 2008 May 2008
Special Problem in Wildlife Science:Analysis of Live/Dead Recapture/Recovery Data Grand January 2006 May 2006
Special Problem - Analysis of Live/Dead Recapture/Recovery Data Grand January 2004 May 2004
Spatial Ecology of Animals Mitchell January 2004 May 2004
Spatial Ecology of Animals Mitchell August 2001 December 2001
River Basin Management and Planning Irwin August 2010 December 2010
Quantitative Conservation Biology Grand January 2007 May 2007
Problem Solving in Wildlife Science McGowan January 2012 May 2012
Occupancy Estimation and Modeling Grand August 2006 December 2006
Occupancy Analysis Grand October 2013 September 2014
Introduction to Structured Decision Making McGowan February 2014 February 2014
Intro to GIS Grand January 2011 May 2011
Habitat Use, Selection, and Occupancy Grand, Steury June 2010 July 2010
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin September 2001 September 2001
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin June 2017 July 2017
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin June 2016 July 2016
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin January 2014 May 2014
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin January 2010 May 2010
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin January 2006 May 2006
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin January 2004 May 2004
Ecology and Conservation of Predators Mitchell August 2000 December 2000
Dynamics and Management of Wildlife Poplations Grand August 2016 December 2016
Directed Study: Course Defisn Grand May 2008 August 2008
Design and analysis of wildlife survival studies Grand August 1999 December 1999
Decision Support Tools for Adaptive Management Irwin August 2015 August 2015
Avian Ecology and Managemnt McGowan January 2017 April 2017
Applied Ecological Modeling McGowan January 2016 May 2016
Applied Ecological Modeling McGowan January 2015 May 2015
Analysis of Wildlife Populations Grand January 2016 May 2016
Analysis of Wildlife Populations Grand January 2014 May 2014
Analysis of Wildlife Populations Grand August 2007 December 2007
Analysis of Wildlife Populations Grand August 2005 December 2005
Analysis of Wildlife Populations Grand August 2003 December 2003
Advanced Techniques in Wildlife Population Analysis McGowan, Robinson January 2016 May 2016
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
USFWS/USGS Structured Decision Making Workshop Mitchell, Irwin, Cochrane September 2010
USFWS/USGS Adaptive Management: Structured Decision Making for Recurrent Decisions Irwin, Williams, Runge, Nichols, Johnson, Mayer, Rumph August 2010
Training to revitalized Species Status Assessment (SSA) process to support USFWS ESA decisions. McGowan July 2016
Taught "Introduction to Fishing," "Fly Fishing," "Bass Fishing" and "Bow Hunting" in "Becoming an Outdoor Woman" (BOW) program. Irwin October 2003
Structured decision making workshop for Black Duck habitat management to benefit continental carrying capacity and harvest. McGowan September 2010
SDM workshop to assist State and Fedearl agencies with management plan for Gulf Striped Bass Irwin August 2011
SDM workshop for ADCNR on Red Hills Salamander habitat conservation McGowan June 2014
SDM workshop at NCTC Irwin June 2014
Over the Water Irwin October 2016
Over the Water Irwin November 2013
NCTC Structured Decision Making Workshop McGowan August 2014
NCTC CSP3171: Introduction to Structured Decision Making. Co-taught with six other instructors. 30 students; 1 week course; January 2011. Irwin January 2011
My students and I taught a two-day workshop in Anchorage, Alaska on the topic of population modeling and the use of the modeling tool we are developing (Aves Modeler). The workshop was entitled, Understanding the impacts of catastrophes on marine bird pop Arnold, Grand October 2003
MsCIP Shipp Island restoration SDM workshop Irwin June 2014
MsCIP SDM workshop for Shipp Island restoration Irwin November 2013
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Irwin June 2003
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Irwin July 2004
Modeling recovery of bird populations - Organized and presented a two-day workshop in Anchorage, Alaska entitled "Understanding the impacts of catastrophes on marine bird populations: Using Aves Modeler for population level analyses. Attended by approxima Grand January 2005
MOCC to FLCFWRU students and staff Irwin, Zweig February 2011
MOCC to ALCFWRU students and staff Irwin, Zweig October 2015
MOCC to ALCFWRU affiliate student Irwin September 2011
Introduction to Structure decision making for NCTC McGowan February 2014
Intro to SDM Irwin February 2014
Decision analysis for Shorebird Conservation, at the 2015 Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group meeting. McGowan September 2015
Co-organized Catfish Aging Workshop; a continuing education workshop on aging catfish with otoliths. 2005. Irwin October 2004
Becoming an Outdoors Women Irwin March 2004
Becoming an Outdoors Woman Irwin October 2005
Becoming an Outdoors Woman Irwin March 2005
Alabama Bobwhite Quail Workshop - Assisted with program development in concert with ADCNR, AWF, and USDA, NRCS staff; delivered introductory remarks and led two-day workshop. Decatur, AL. Grand July 2005
Alabama Bobwhite Quail Workshop - Assisted with program development in concert with ADCNR, AWF, and USDA, NRCS staff; delivered introductory remarks and led two-day workshop in Millbrook, AL. Grand August 2005
2-day pilot course for USFWS on data analysis and projection modeling for Species Status Assessments. McGowan, Tucker, Angeli September 2017
Title and Location Speaker Date
Why catfish are better than bass: a decadal perspective.
Presented to: Auburn University
Irwin December 2004
Why catfish are better than bass and walleye: a research perspective.
Presented to: South Dakota State University
Irwin October 2004
The ecological relevance of narrow-range bass: An example using Neosho Smallmouth Bass
Presented to: Auburn University, Water Resources Center
Brewer March 2021
Population modeling in endangered species decision making and management
Presented to: Auburn University
McGowan March 2014
Models for engendered species decision making and management
Presented to: University of Georgia
McGowan April 2015
Inventory and conservation planning for species of greatest conservation need on Alabama DCNR managed lands.
Presented to: Warnell School of Ecology. University of Georgia. Athens, GA
Grand September 2007
Biological integrity and environmental stressors on stream fishes
Presented to: Missouri Western University
Brewer October 2020
Adaptive management of R.L. Harris Dam: tweaking flows for fishes and landowners.
Presented to: Auburn University
Irwin September 2007
Adaptive Management of the Tallapoosa River: From Stakeholders to Shoals.
Presented to: Auburn University
Irwin October 2005
AL-GAP: Gap Analysis for Alabama
Presented to: Auburn
Grand October 2002
Title Presenter Date
The dusky Canada goose - natural catastrophy or anthropogenic magnet? Seminar CWS Northern Prairies Research Centre Grand September 2000
Structured Decision Making in Wildlife Management Grand May 2010
Structured Decision Making in Wildlife Management Grand June 2015
Structured Decision Making in Wildlife Management Grand June 2014
Strategic Habitat Conservation and Adaptive Management Grand April 2010
Population modeling for spectacled eiders - BIOL 7360 Grand November 2000
Multi-use river management: a case study of the Missouri River McGowan September 2010
Landcover methodology for Alabama Gap Analysis Project Grand November 2003
Introduction to SDM Irwin July 2017
Introduction to SDM Irwin July 2016
Introduction to SDM Irwin July 2015
Introduction to SDM Irwin July 2014
Introduction to Fisheries Irwin June 2006
Intro to SDM Irwin November 2013
Gap Analysis for Conservation of Biodiversity in Alabama Grand December 2003
Gap Analysis for Alabama Grand October 2002
Gap Analysis for Alabama Grand April 2003
Federal Employment Irwin September 2011
Federal Employment Irwin November 2017
Federal Employment Irwin November 2016
Federal Employment Irwin November 2015
Federal Employment Irwin November 2014
Federal Employment Irwin November 2013
Ecology and management of black bears Mitchell February 2004
Ecology and management of black bears Mitchell February 2002
Ecology and management of black bears Mitchell February 2001
Decision Analysis for endangered species McGowan April 2015
Conservation of predators Mitchell April 2001
Catfish ecology and management Irwin October 2005
Assessing Population Level Impacts of Petrochemical Industry Activities on Yellow-billed Loon Populations Grand January 2005
Adaptive Management of the Tallapoosa River Irwin April 2017
Adaptive Management of the Tallapoosa River Irwin April 2016
Adaptive Management of the Tallapoosa River Irwin April 2015
Adaptive Management of the Tallapoosa River Irwin April 2014
Adapative Management Irwin October 2004
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
Young, Amber (MS) Brewer 2020 Present
Wilson, Heather (PhD) Grand 2003 2006
White, Lindsay (PhD) Irwin 2015 Present
Walls, Jonathan (MS) Grand 2009 2011
Varner, Dana (PhD) Grand 2008 2012
Van Zant, Jeff (PhD) Grand 1999 2006
Underwood, William (MS) Mitchell 2000 2002
Tucker, James (PhD) Grand 1998 2002
Tucker, Anna (PhD) Grand 2016 Present
Tucker, Anna (PhD) McGowan 2015 2019
Tripp, Helen (MS) Grand 2013 Present
Thornton, Mark (MS) Mitchell 2000 2001
Teneglia, Karen (PhD) Grand 2010 2012
Tacconelli, Michelle (MS) Grand 2007 2011
Strozier, Amanda (MS) Irwin 2019 Present
Stratford, Jeff (PhD) Mitchell 2001 2005
Stirling, Rachelle (MS) Grand 2010 2013
Staton, Benjamin (MS) McGowan 2014 2015
Sparklin, Bill (MS) Mitchell 2005 2009
Smit, Ruben (MS) Irwin 2012 2014
Slipke, Jeff (PhD) Grand 1999 2003
Silvano, Amy (MS) McGowan 2010 2013
Shepard, Michael (MS) Irwin 2005 2007
Sharpe, Nick (MS) Grand 2002 2005
Sharp, Nick (MS) Mitchell 2001 2003
Sharp, Julie (MS) Irwin 2015 2017
Saalfeld, Sarah (MS) Grand 2005 2006
Ryer, Kevin (MS) McGowan 2014 2016
Romagosa, Christina (PhD) Mitchell 2002 2009
Reynolds-Hogland, Melissa (PhD) Mitchell 2000 2005
Reynolds, Melissa (PhD) Grand 2001 2006
Quintana, Jessica (MS) Irwin 2014 2016
Quellette Coffman, Kristie (PhD) Irwin 2017 Present
Piper, Taconya (PhD) Irwin 2004 2013
Pico, Amy (MS) Irwin 2000 2003
Penaloza, Claudia (PhD) McGowan 2013 2013
Pacifici, Lara (MS) Mitchell 2000 2003
Nichols, Emily (PhD) Brewer 2020 Present
Mosley, Tyler (MS) Irwin 2011 2012
Moore, Molly (MS) Irwin 2007 2010
Miller, Dianna (MS) Irwin 2005 2008
Miller, Benjamin (MS) Grand 2007 2010
Merritt, Emily (MS) McGowan 2013 2015
McClure, Chris (PhD) Grand 2008 2010
Matechik, Christopher (MS) McGowan 2012 2014
Martin, Ben (MS) Irwin 2005 2008
Mahoney, Peter (MS) Grand 2008 2011
Lamb, Elijah (MS) Brewer 2020 Present
Lai, Quan (PhD) Irwin 2014 2018
Knight, John (MS) Irwin 2001 2010
Knight, Casey (MS) Irwin 2005 2008
Kessler, Herbert (MS) Grand 2005 2006
Kennedy, Mickett (PhD) Irwin 2004 2015
Kennedy, Katie (PhD) McGowan 2010 2015
Keever, Allison (MS) McGowan 2012 2014
Keever, Allison (MS) Grand 2011 2014
Jolley, David (MS) Grand 2003 2006
Jolley, Buck (MS) Mitchell 2004 2006
Hunter, Susan (MS) Grand 2008 2011
Hudson, Steven (MS) Grand 2001 2003
Holtfretter, Rob (PhD) Grand 2007 Present
Holtfreter, Rob (MS) Mitchell 2005 2008
Holley, Michael (MS) Irwin 2004 2006
Hayer, Cari-Ann (MS) Irwin 2002 2005
Hartup, Wendi (MS) Grand 2001 2005
Hartke, Kevin (MS) Grand 1998 2001
Hanson, Laura (MS) Mitchell 2005 2008
Graham, Stephanie (MS) Grand 2011 2015
Gibson, Charles (MS) Grand 2003 2004
Gerken, Clark (MS) Irwin 2013 2015
Fox, Brian (MS) Grand 2007 2012
Folk, Travis (PhD) Mitchell 2001 2006
Ferrara, Allyse (PhD) Grand 1999 2001
Favreau, Jorie (PhD) Mitchell 2001 2006
Farrell, Patrick (MS) McGowan 2013 2015
Farrell, Patrick (MS) Grand 2012 2014
Earley, Laurie (MS) Irwin 2010 2012
Dunham, Kylee (MS) McGowan 2014 2016
Draper, John (MS) Grand 2015 Present
Dickey, Jason (MS) Irwin 2004 2006
Damon, Lowery (MS) Grand 2009 2011
Butler, Catherine (MS) Grand 2011 2013
Buckingham, Jeffrey (MS) McGowan 2013 2015
Brongo, Lara (MS) Grand 2001 2003
Black, Deirdre (MS) Irwin 2000 2005
Billodeaux, Lauren (MS) Mitchell 2003 2006
Bidrowski, Tom (MS) Grand 1999 2005
Beyer, Sabrina (MS) Irwin 2005 2008
Aspinwall, Alexander (MS) McGowan 2015 2016
Aspinwall, Alex (MS) Irwin 2014 2016
Andress, Rob (MS) Grand 2001 2001
Alix, Diane (MS) Grand 2010 2013
Albrecth-Schmidt, Terri (MS) Mitchell 2000 2001
Alam, Ayesha (MS) Irwin 2019 Present
Adams, David (PhD) Irwin 2010 2016
Price, Jennifer (PhD) McGowan 2014 2017