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
Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Management McGowan 2013-01-10 2013-04-30
Structured Decision Making for Natural Resource Management McGowan 2011-01-15 2011-04-26
Stream Ecology Brewer 2019-08-19 2019-12-12
Stream Ecology Brewer 2017-08-22 2017-12-07
Stream Ecology Brewer 2011-08-23 2011-12-17
Special Topics in Lotic Ecology Irwin 2004-01-12 2004-05-04
Special Topics Lotic Ecology Irwin 2010-08-15 2010-12-15
Special Topics Lotic Ecology Irwin 2005-01-09 2005-05-08
Special Problems-Restoration Ecology Irwin 2019-08-15 2019-12-15
Special Problems-Restoration Ecology Irwin 2017-08-15 2017-12-15
Scientific Writing for Publication Brewer 2013-01-07 2013-05-12
Scientific Writing Brewer 2020-01-04 2020-05-12
River Basin Management and Planning Irwin 2010-08-15 2010-12-15
Problem Solving in Wildlife Science McGowan 2012-01-08 2012-05-06
Introduction to Structured Decision Making McGowan 2014-02-10 2014-02-14
Habitat Use, Selection, and Occupancy Grand, Steury 2010-06-29 2010-07-29
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin 2017-06-05 2017-07-15
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin 2016-06-05 2016-07-15
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin 2014-01-15 2014-05-15
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin 2010-01-15 2010-05-15
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin 2006-01-15 2006-05-15
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin 2004-01-12 2004-05-04
Ecology and Management of Riverine Systems Irwin 2001-09-30 2001-09-30
Decision Support Tools for Adaptive Management Irwin 2015-08-15 2015-08-15
Avian Ecology and Managemnt McGowan 2017-01-10 2017-04-30
Applied Ecological Modeling McGowan 2016-01-10 2016-05-04
Applied Ecological Modeling McGowan 2015-01-12 2015-05-04
Advanced Techniques in Wildlife Population Analysis McGowan, Robinson 2016-01-10 2016-05-04
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
USFWS/USGS Structured Decision Making Workshop Mitchell, Irwin, Cochrane 2010-09-17
USFWS/USGS Adaptive Management: Structured Decision Making for Recurrent Decisions Irwin, Williams, Runge, Nichols, Johnson, Mayer, Rumph 2010-08-13
USDOI, Over the Water Safety Training Brewer 2015-12-31
USDOI, Over the Water Safety Training Brewer
USDOI, Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) Brewer 2015-12-31
USDOI, Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) Long, Brewer, Grabowski 2012-05-05
USDOI, Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) Brewer
Training to revitalized Species Status Assessment (SSA) process to support USFWS ESA decisions. McGowan 2016-07-12
Taught "Introduction to Fishing," "Fly Fishing," "Bass Fishing" and "Bow Hunting" in "Becoming an Outdoor Woman" (BOW) program. Irwin 2003-10-05
Structured decision making workshop for Black Duck habitat management to benefit continental carrying capacity and harvest. McGowan 2010-09-17
SDM workshop to assist State and Fedearl agencies with management plan for Gulf Striped Bass Irwin 2011-08-25
SDM workshop for ADCNR on Red Hills Salamander habitat conservation McGowan 2014-06-19
SDM workshop at NCTC Irwin 2014-06-06
Over the Water Irwin 2016-10-31
Over the Water Irwin 2013-11-21
NCTC Structured Decision Making Workshop McGowan 2014-08-22
NCTC CSP3171: Introduction to Structured Decision Making. Co-taught with six other instructors. 30 students; 1 week course; January 2011. Irwin 2011-01-14
MsCIP Shipp Island restoration SDM workshop Irwin 2014-06-26
MsCIP SDM workshop for Shipp Island restoration Irwin 2013-11-15
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Irwin 2004-07-27
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Irwin 2003-06-05
MOCC to FLCFWRU students and staff Irwin, Zweig 2011-02-25
MOCC to ALCFWRU students and staff Irwin, Zweig 2015-10-18
MOCC to ALCFWRU affiliate student Irwin 2011-09-15
Introduction to Structure decision making for NCTC McGowan 2014-02-14
Intro to SDM Irwin 2014-02-28
Decision analysis for Shorebird Conservation, at the 2015 Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group meeting. McGowan 2015-09-14
DOI, USFWS, Scientific Writing for Publication Course Brewer 2011-09-02
DOI, USFWS, Scientific Writing for Publication Course Brewer 2013-03-08
DOI, USFWS, Scientific Writing for Publication Course Brewer 2012-02-03
DOI, USFWS, Scientific Writing for Publication Course Brewer
Co-organized Catfish Aging Workshop; a continuing education workshop on aging catfish with otoliths. 2005. Irwin 2004-10-02
Co-developer and instructor of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service course: "Adaptive Management: Structured Decision Making for Recurrent Decisions" (CSP 3176), USFWS National Conservation Training Center, 22-26 June 2009, Shepherdstown, WV. Preparation and delivery of 6 course modules. Moore, Kendall, Johnson, Williams, Eaton, McGowan 2009-06-26
Becoming an Outdoors Women Irwin 2004-03-07
Becoming an Outdoors Woman Irwin 2005-10-05
Becoming an Outdoors Woman Irwin 2005-03-09
2-day pilot course for USFWS on data analysis and projection modeling for Species Status Assessments. McGowan, Tucker, Angeli 2017-09-12
Title and Location Speaker Date
Why catfish are better than bass: a decadal perspective.
Presented to: Auburn University
Irwin 2004-12-15
Why catfish are better than bass and walleye: a research perspective.
Presented to: South Dakota State University
Irwin 2004-10-20
Using the ecosystem, diagnosis, and treatment model to guide fish restoration actions
Presented to: California State University, Stanislaus
Brewer 2009-09-10
Using fish life-history models to guide management decisions in river restoration programs
Presented to: University of CA, Monterey
Brewer 2010-02-12
The decline of a vulnerable Great Plains reproductive ecotype: Identifying threats and conservation priorities
Presented to: University of Wyoming
Brewer 2013-09-19
Restoring America's Streams
Presented to: Missouri Western State University
Brewer 2010-10-12
Population modeling in endangered species decision making and management
Presented to: Auburn University
McGowan 2014-03-05
Models for engendered species decision making and management
Presented to: University of Georgia
McGowan 2015-04-04
Linking Red Knots to Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crabs: developing management tools and dealing with uncertainty
Presented to: Smithsonian Institute
McGowan 2009-09-18
Identifying threats and conservation needs in the Great Plains
Presented to: Oklahoma State University
Brewer 2013-09-24
Gone with the flow: how fishes are emblematic of water-resource challenges
Presented to: Tennessee Tech University
Brewer 2015-09-03
Environmental Flows in an Arid Landscape
Presented to: University of Nebraska
Brewer 2012-04-04
Career paths: Strategically managing your choice
Presented to: Missouri Western University
Brewer 2011-10-21
Brewer, S.K. 2007. Using geographic information system to set priorities for smallmouth bass conservation efforts. Invited Speaker, MoRAP Technical Committee Meeting, Columbia, Missouri.
Presented to: Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership (MoRAP) University of Missouri - Columbia
Brewer 2007-04-19
American Oystercatcher ecology and conservation: Life’s a beach.
Presented to: University of Missouri
McGowan 2006-01-20
Adaptive management of R.L. Harris Dam: tweaking flows for fishes and landowners.
Presented to: Auburn University
Irwin 2007-09-07
Adaptive Management of the Tallapoosa River: From Stakeholders to Shoals.
Presented to: Auburn University
Irwin 2005-10-18
Title Presenter Date
Why spatial scale matters when studying aquatic organisms Brewer 2012-05-11
Water Policy in the United States Brewer 2011-11-16
Restoring Riverine Systems Brewer 2010-10-20
Multi-use river management: a case study of the Missouri River McGowan 2010-09-30
Making appropriate decisions in natural resources Brewer 2013-05-08
Making appropriate decisions for the conservation and management of streams Brewer 2013-02-21
Introduction to SDM Irwin 2017-07-30
Introduction to SDM Irwin 2016-07-30
Introduction to SDM Irwin 2015-07-30
Introduction to SDM Irwin 2014-07-30
Introduction to Fisheries Irwin 2006-06-06
Intro to SDM Irwin 2013-11-05
Federal employment in natural resources Brewer 2011-03-01
Federal Employment Irwin 2017-11-07
Federal Employment Irwin 2016-11-05
Federal Employment Irwin 2015-11-05
Federal Employment Irwin 2014-11-05
Federal Employment Irwin 2013-11-05
Federal Employment Irwin 2011-09-28
Federal Agencies and Employment Brewer 2010-10-04
Ecosystem Services and Communication from Biologists to Stakeholders Brewer 2010-10-12
Decision Analysis for endangered species McGowan 2015-04-01
Catfish ecology and management Irwin 2005-10-08
Adaptive Management of the Tallapoosa River Irwin 2017-04-09
Adaptive Management of the Tallapoosa River Irwin 2016-04-09
Adaptive Management of the Tallapoosa River Irwin 2015-04-09
Adaptive Management of the Tallapoosa River Irwin 2014-04-09
Adapative Management Irwin 2004-10-01
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
White, Lindsay (PhD) Irwin 2015 Present
Tucker, Anna (PhD) McGowan 2015 2019
Strozier, Amanda (MS) Irwin 2019 Present
Stewart, Randy (PhD) Brewer 2010 2013
Steffenmeier, Zachary (PhD) Brewer 2019 Present
Staton, Benjamin (MS) McGowan 2014 2015
Stark, Trevor (MS) Brewer 2013 2015
Smit, Ruben (MS) Irwin 2012 2014
Silvano, Amy (MS) McGowan 2010 2013
Shepard, Michael (MS) Irwin 2005 2007
Sharp, Julie (MS) Irwin 2015 2017
Ryswyk, Ryan (MS) Brewer 2010 2013
Ryer, Kevin (MS) McGowan 2014 2016
Quintana, Jessica (MS) Irwin 2014 2016
Quellette Coffman, Kristie (PhD) Irwin 2017 Present
Powers, Jarrod (MS) Brewer 2012 2015
Porta, Michael (MS) Brewer 2010 2011
Piper, Taconya (PhD) Irwin 2004 2013
Pico, Amy (MS) Irwin 2000 2003
Penaloza, Claudia (PhD) McGowan 2013 2013
Pease, Jessica (PhD) Brewer 2013 2018
Neupane, Sagar (PhD) Brewer 2013 2015
Musselman, Chris (MS) Brewer 2010 2013
Mueller, Julia (MS) Brewer 2012 2013
Mosley, Tyler (MS) Irwin 2011 2012
Morehouse, Reid (PhD) Brewer 2011 2014
Moore, Molly (MS) Irwin 2007 2010
Miller, Dianna (MS) Irwin 2005 2008
Miller, Candice (PhD) Brewer 2011 2012
Merritt, Emily (MS) McGowan 2013 2015
Matechik, Christopher (MS) McGowan 2012 2014
Martin, Ben (MS) Irwin 2005 2008
Lai, Quan (PhD) Irwin 2014 2018
Knight, John (MS) Irwin 2001 2010
Knight, Casey (MS) Irwin 2005 2008
Kennedy, Mickett (PhD) Irwin 2004 2015
Kennedy, Katie (PhD) McGowan 2010 2015
Keever, Allison (MS) McGowan 2012 2014
Holley, Michael (MS) Irwin 2004 2006
Hill, Jahna (MS) Brewer 2013 2014
Hayer, Cari-Ann (MS) Irwin 2002 2005
Groeschel, Jillian (MS) Brewer 2012 2013
Gerken, Clark (MS) Irwin 2013 2015
Farrell, Patrick (MS) McGowan 2013 2015
Earley, Laurie (MS) Irwin 2010 2012
Dyer, Joey (MS) Brewer 2011 2014
Dunham, Kylee (MS) McGowan 2014 2016
Dickey, Jason (MS) Irwin 2004 2006
Cittrell, Amy (MS) Brewer 2018 2019
Butler, Catherine (MS) McGowan 2010 2012
Buckingham, Jeffrey (MS) McGowan 2013 2015
Black, Deirdre (MS) Irwin 2000 2005
Beyer, Sabrina (MS) Irwin 2005 2008
Aspinwall, Alexander (MS) McGowan 2015 2016
Aspinwall, Alex (MS) Irwin 2014 2016
Alam, Ayesha (MS) Irwin 2019 Present
Adams, David (PhD) Irwin 2010 2016
Price, Jennifer (PhD) McGowan 2014 2017