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

Arizona Education Activities


Photo of landscape taken at a Arizona reservoir.

Graduate students working at the Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit can earn Master's and Ph.D.'s in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management. We strive to ensure students work closely with university, state and federal scientists and managers so they recieve a thorough education in the fish and wildlife management techniques required for the 21st century.


Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Showcase of Promising Scientists in Natural Resources Seminar Series Culver 2005-01-12 2005-05-04
Recent Advances in Genetics Culver 2017-08-25 2017-12-09
Recent Advances in Genetics Culver 2017-01-20 2017-05-01
Recent Advances in Genetics Culver 2016-08-25 2016-12-09
Recent Advances in Genetics Culver 2016-01-20 2016-05-01
Recent Advances in Genetics Culver 2015-08-25 2015-12-09
Recent Advances in Genetics Culver 2015-01-20 2015-05-01
Recent Advances in Genetics Culver 2014-08-25 2014-12-09
Recent Advances in Genetics Culver 2014-01-20 2014-05-01
Recent Advances in Genetics Culver 2013-08-20 2013-12-10
Recent Advances in Genetics Culver 2013-01-20 2013-05-01
Recent Advances in Genetics Culver 2012-08-20 2012-12-10
RNR 495A/595a – Communication Skills in Conservation Bonar 2017-01-10 2017-05-15
General Biology, Teaching Assistant Varas 2000-09-15 2000-12-15
General Biology, Teaching Assistant Varas 1996-09-10 1997-01-16
General Biology, Teaching Assistant Varas 1994-01-15 1994-05-14
Fisheries Management and Ecology Seminar Bonar 2004-01-03 2004-05-16
Fisheries Management Lab Bonar 2008-01-16 2008-05-07
Fisheries Management Bonar 2014-01-05 2014-05-15
Fisheries Management Bonar 2012-01-05 2012-05-15
Fisheries Management Bonar 2008-01-16 2008-05-17
Fisheries Management Bonar 2010-01-10 2010-05-15
Cultivating Diversity in the Natural Resources Culver 2005-08-22 2005-12-06
Conservation Genetics Laboratory Culver 2016-08-20 2016-12-10
Conservation Genetics Culver 2017-08-20 2017-12-10
Conservation Genetics Culver 2016-08-20 2016-12-10
Conservation Genetics Culver 2015-08-20 2015-12-10
Conservation Genetics Culver 2014-08-20 2014-12-10
Conservation Genetics Culver 2013-08-20 2013-12-10
Conservation Genetics Culver 2011-08-20 2011-12-10
Conservation Genetics Culver 2010-08-20 2010-12-10
Conservation Genetics Culver 2009-08-25 2009-12-08
Conservation Genetics Culver 2007-08-21 2007-12-04
Conservation Genetics Culver 2006-08-22 2006-12-05
Conservation Genetics Culver 2005-08-23 2005-12-06
Conservation Genetics Culver 2004-08-23 2004-12-08
Conservation Genetics Culver 2003-08-26 2003-12-14
Conservation Biology Culver 2010-01-20 2010-05-10
Conservation Biology Culver 2008-08-24 2008-12-03
Conservation Biology Culver 2008-01-20 2008-05-10
Conservation Biology Culver 2007-08-20 2007-12-10
Conservation Biology Culver 2007-01-20 2007-05-10
Conservation Biology Culver 2006-08-20 2006-12-10
Biopolitics: Communication in the Natural Resources Bonar 2011-01-05 2011-05-15
Biopolitics: Communication in the Natural Resources Bonar 2013-01-05 2013-05-15
Biopolitics Bonar 2009-01-15 2009-05-15
Biopolitics Bonar 2007-01-10 2007-05-11
Biopolitics Bonar 2005-01-12 2005-05-13
Biopolitics Bonar 2003-01-10 2003-05-08
Advanced Inland Fisheries Management Bonar 2006-01-11 2005-05-12
Advanced Fisheries Management Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences 525 Bonar 2002-01-10 2002-05-08
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
Wildlife Techniques Workshop, taught scat ID, scat collection and preservation techniques, with respect to extracting DNA. Culver 2014-04-21
Use of relative length frequency to analyze fish population data - AZG&F Dept. Agency School Bonar 2001-06-01
This workshop provided a one hour presentation of the Minnesota landowner survey information to MN Department of Natural Resources land managers and biologists followed by discussions of how the information can be used to change landowner behavior and increase participation in conservation programs. Gigliotti, Sweikert 2018-03-14
The Conservation Professional?s Guide to Working with People. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arlington, Virginia, November 2007 (Workshop). Bonar 2007-11-30
The Conservation Professional?s Guide to Working with People. Texas Parks and Wildlife, Fredricksburg, Texas, August 2008 (Workshop). Bonar 2008-09-12
The Conservation Professional?s Guide to Working with People. Arizona Game and Fish Department Agency School, Flagstaff, Arizona, June 2008 (Workshop). Bonar 2008-06-12
The Conservation Professional?s Guide to Working with People, American Fisheries Society 137th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California. September 2-6, 2007 (Workshop). Bonar 2007-09-06
The Conservation Professional's Guide to Working With People, Short Training Session, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Inland Fisheries Division, Athens, Texas. Bonar 2015-08-25
Symposium Co-Chair, International Standard Sampling, 7th World Fisheries Congress, Busan, Korea Bonar 2016-05-24
Symposium Co-Chair, Interactions Between Hydrology and Nonnative Aquatic Species (Symposium), American Fisheries Society Bonar 2016-08-25
Participated as a lecturer for the 2001 Wildlifers' Genetics Workshop at the Sonoran Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ; sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Lectures included: molecular taxonomy, individual ID, paternity and group application Culver 2001-10-18
MOCC Motorboat Operator's Course, December 12, 2017 Bonar 2017-12-12
Lecturer for Modern Genetics for Resource Magagers Workshop 2003, as part of the National Park Service's George Wright Meeting. Lecutre was on methods to determine carnivore abundance in Grand Canyon and nearby southwestern National Parks. Culver 2003-04-13
Lecture and "hands-on" laboratory demonstration for veterinary medicine students. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Symposium, VPI&SU, Blacksburg, VA. Symposium sponsored by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Culver 1999-01-24
Field Training for Trapping and Banding Burrowing Owls. Nevada Test Site. Garcia 2005-07-29
Field Training Workshop for Trapping and Banding Burrowing Owls. April 2006, Tucson Arizona. Developed and put-on 3-day training workshop attended by biologists from U.S. Department of Defense. Handled all aspects of organization, logistics, and training Conway, Garcia, Garcia 2006-04-13
Citizen Science Training Workshop for wildlife monitoring using trail cameras. Culver 2014-04-06
Biopolitics Course at the Arizona Game and Fish Department Agency School Bonar 2003-06-06
Biology of aquatic weeds: fish and plant interactions. University of California Davis Aquatic Weed School, Davis, California. November 2007 (Short course). Bonar 2006-11-01
Aquatic Plant Control Short Course, Taught grass carp and aquatic plant fish interactions sections. Facilitated by Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, September 2004. Bonar 2004-09-23
Title and Location Speaker Date
Using high-definition underwater videography and social psychology to increase public interest in rare desert fishes. Seminar to the USFWS Southern Nevada Office and Collaborators, August 21, 2019
Presented to: USFWS Southern Nevada Office
Bonar 2019-08-21
Turning up the heat: Effects of climate change on the fight to conserve the Southwest’s rare and spectacular fishes
Presented to: University of Arizona
Bonar 2017-09-20
The Conservation Professional's Guide to Working With People
Presented to: Texas Parks and Wildlife Annual Meeting
Bonar 2015-08-25
The Conservation Professional's Guide to Working With People
Presented to: Montana AFS Annual Meeting
Bonar 2012-02-06
Standardization and management of fish data for rivers and streams of the Southern U.S.
Presented to: Southern Division AFS Workshop
Bonar 2015-01-30
Seminar, Conservation Seminar Series, The conservation professional?s guide to working with people.
Presented to: University of Arizona
Bonar 2007-11-07
School of Renewable Natural Resources Seminar
Presented to: University of Arizona
Bonar 2001-10-01
Progress on International Collaboration on Inland Fish Standard Sampling Methods
Presented to: Inland Fisheries Institute, National Institute of Fisheries Science
Bonar 2016-05-30
Population subdivision in the Chiricahua Leopard Frog
Presented to: USFWS Ecological Services Offices
Culver 2009-07-07
Population subdivision in the Chiricahua Leopard Frog
Presented to: Arizona Game and Fish Department Offices
Culver 2009-08-24
On trial! Biologists' views of serving as expert witnesses
Presented to: University of Arizona
Bonar 2016-01-27
ON TRIAL: Biologists Views of Serving as Expert Witnesses
Presented to: University of Arizona Law School
Bonar 2016-09-20
Macias-Duarte, A., and C. J. Conway. 2005. Cambio en comportamiento migratorio de Athene cunicularia y su disminuci�n poblacional en latitudes septentrionales. Escuela de Biolog�a. Universidad Aut�noma de Sinaloa. Culiac�n, Sinaloa, Mexico. 26 April 2005.
Presented to: Universidad Aut�noma de Sinaloa
Conway, Macias Duarte 2005-04-26
Kirkpatrick, C., C. J. Conway, and D. E. Swann. 2007. Quantifying impacts of surface water and groundwater depletion on riparian bird communities in the desert southwest.
Presented to: Departmental Seminar, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona.
Conway, Kirkpatrick 2007-04-18
Jaguar monitoring, citizen science, and conservation genetics
Presented to: The Sierra Club - Tucson Chapter Meeting
Culver 2017-06-08
Intraspecific molecular taxonomy – examples from mammams and mollusks
Presented to: University of Arizona, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department
Culver 2007-10-15
Genomic Ancestry of the American Puma
Presented to: Idaho State University, Department of Biological Sciences
Culver 1999-03-30
Genetics in wildlife management: current state and future direction
Presented to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 2 Science Seminar Series
Culver 2006-05-24
Genetic applications for the conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles
Presented to: Tucson Herpetological Society
Culver 2017-02-18
Department of Zoology Seminar
Presented to: University of Wyoming
Bonar 2000-10-10
Conservation Professional's Guide to Working with People
Presented to: University of Idaho
Bonar 2016-02-19
Conservation Genetics in Wildlife and Fisheries
Presented to: University of Arizona, Genetics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program
Culver 2002-11-13
Boundaries – biological and political – and their relevance to conservation
Presented to: Northern Arizona University
Culver 2008-10-15
Bonar, S.A., 2007. Fishes in the Desert. Aquatic research at the Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Guest Speaker at the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildife Research Unit Annual Cooperator?s Meeting. May 15, 2007. INVITED.
Presented to: University of Washington
Bonar 2007-05-15
Bonar, S.A. 2007. (Keynote/Plenary Address) The conservation professional?s guide to working with people. Urban Wildlife Management National Conference, Arbor Day Foundation, June 18-20, 2007. INVITED
Presented to: Urban Wildlife Management National Conference, Arbor Day Foundation. Keynote Address
Bonar 2007-06-18
Bonar, S.A. 2007. (Keynote/Plenary Address) Standard sampling methods for North American inland fish: A multi-agency project coordinated by the American Fisheries Society. Fish Stock Assessment Methods for Lakes and Reservoirs: Towards the True Picture of the Fish Stock. Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, September 11-15, 2007.
Presented to: Keynote Address - Conference: Stock Assessment Methods for Lakes and Reservoirs: Towards the True Picture of the Fish Stock. Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
Bonar 2007-09-14
Bonar, S.A. 2007. (Keynote/Plenary Address ? Student Breakfast) The conservation professional?s guide to working with people. The Wildlife Society 14th Annual Conference, Tucson, Arizona. September 22-26, 2007.
Presented to: The Wildlife Society 14th Annual Conference - Special Address to the Student Breakfast
Bonar 2007-09-24
Bonar, S.A. 2006. (Keynote/Plenary Address) Nonnative aquatic species in the American West: Their weird history, current research and thoughts for the future. Arizona-New Mexico Chapter of the American Fisheries Society/The Wildlife Society, Flagstaff, Arizona, February 2-4, 2006.
Presented to: Keynote Address, Arizona-New Mexico Chapter of the American Fisheries Society/The Wildlife Society, Flagstaff, Arizona
Bonar 2006-02-02
Bonar S. and Y. Kuzmenko. 2006. Managing inland populations of large, piscivorous fish, from important commercial fisheries to invasive, economically harmful species. Address to the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Environmental Security Council, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, September 28, 2006.
Presented to: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Environmental Security Council, Brussels, Belgium
Bonar 2006-09-28
Applications of Genetics to Wildlife and Fisheries Management
Presented to: University of Arizona, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Program
Culver 2001-11-14
Title Presenter Date
Working in the Fisheries Profession for UA Introduction to Natural Resources Class Bonar 2015-10-20
Working in the Fisheries Profession for UA Introduction to Natural Resources Class Bonar 2014-10-23
Wildlife Management/Mammalian Species Culver 2008-11-07
Wildfire and Fishes in UA Introduction to Wildland Fire Bonar 2018-02-26
Wildfire and Fishes in UA Introduction to Wildland Fire Bonar 2014-10-29
Value of conservation for Science Teachers/Science Teachers Workshop/ Aerospace and Engineering Bonar 2010-07-26
Use of indices in fisheries managment/Fisheries Management Bonar 2007-04-13
Use of Relative Length Frequency for Fisheries Management Bonar 2003-04-16
The Rarest Fish in the World: Native Desert Fishes of the American Southwest and Their Response to a Changing Climate Bonar 2018-09-21
The Rarest Fish in the World: Native Desert Fishes of the American Southwest and Their Response to a Changing Climate Bonar 2018-02-23
The Rarest Fish in the World: Native Desert Fishes of the American Southwest and Their Response to a Changing Climate Bonar 2016-02-19
Techniques for communication in natural resources/Conservation Biology Bonar 2009-11-19
Overview of Working in the Fisheries Profession/Meeting of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Bonar 2014-10-22
Overview of Working in the Fisheries Profession - Introduction to Natural Resources Bonar 2017-10-12
Overview of Working in the Fisheries Profession - Introduction to Natural Resources Bonar 2016-10-27
Obtaining Funding from Agencies Bonar 2000-10-25
Monitoring Inland Fish Populations Bonar 2005-04-20
Molecular Genetic Applications to Conservation Biology Culver 2003-04-02
Methods to monitor inland fish populations Bonar 2004-04-16
How to Obtain Funding Bonar 2002-10-24
Grass Carp for Aquatic Plant Control/Fisheries Management Bonar 2007-01-31
Grass Carp for Aquatic Plant Control Bonar 2005-04-13
Grass Carp for Aquatic Plant Control Bonar 2004-02-15
Grass Carp for Aquatic Plant Control Bonar 2003-04-18
Genetics in Natural Resources Culver 2015-10-22
Genetics and Fish Management in Wild Populations Culver 2006-04-26
Genetics and Conservation Culver 2002-11-20
Genetic Applications to Conservation Biology Culver 2004-10-05
Genetic Applications in Mammalogy Culver 2016-10-04
Genetic Applications in Mammalogy Culver 2009-11-06
Fishes of the Desert Southwest/Wildlife and Society Bonar 2014-10-06
Fishes of Arizona/Wildlife and Society Bonar 2010-09-27
Fishes of Arizona/Wildlife and Society Bonar 2007-10-05
Fishes of Arizona/Wildlife Conservation and Society Bonar 2009-09-28
Fishes of Arizona/Wildlife Conservation and Society Bonar 2008-09-29
Fishes of Arizona/Conservation Biology Bonar 2007-10-02
Fishes of Arizona, Wildlife and Society Bonar 2016-10-03
Fishes of Arizona, Wildlife and Society Bonar 2011-09-27
Fishes of Arizona - Wildlife and Society Bonar 2012-09-26
Fishes of Arizona Bonar 2005-09-26
Fishes of Arizona Bonar 2004-10-10
Fishes of Arizona Bonar 2003-10-20
Fishes of Arizona Bonar 2002-10-09
Fishes of Arizona Bonar 2001-10-10
Fishes of Arizona Bonar 2000-10-19
Fisheries Habitat Management in UA Wildlife Habitat Management Class Bonar 2014-10-31
Fish Sampling Techniques (in UA Wildlife Management Class) Bonar 2016-10-24
Fish Sampling Techniques (in UA Wildlife Management Class) Bonar 2014-10-20
Fish Habitat Measurement (Wildlife Management) Bonar 2017-11-04
Fish Habitat Measurement (Wildlife Management) Bonar 2016-11-04
Conserving Connectivity Culver 2008-10-16
Conservation Genetics in Wildlife and Fisheries Culver 2004-02-18
Conservation Genetics in Natural Resources Culver 2017-10-19
Conservation Genetics in Natural Resources Culver 2016-10-12
Conservation Genetics in Natural Resources Culver 2015-10-07
Conservation Genetics in Natural Resources Culver 2014-10-11
Conservation Genetics in Natural Resources Culver 2013-10-10
Conservation Genetics in Natural Resources Culver 2010-10-01
Connectivity for pumas, black bears, and ambersnails in Arizona Culver 2008-10-15
Communication in Conservation Biology/Conservation Biology Bonar 2010-11-16
Assisted Migration - Genetic Issues Culver 2014-03-14
Assisted Migration - Genetic Issues Culver 2013-03-07
Assisted Migration - Genetic Issues Culver 2012-02-29
Assessing Connectivity on US-Mexico Border Culver 2017-11-21
Applications of genetics to mammalian evolution and biology Culver 2008-06-18
Applications of Genetics to Fish and Wildlife Conservation Culver 2003-10-08
Applications of Genetics to Conservation Biology Culver 2005-04-13
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
Walker, David (PhD) Bonar 2000 2000
Walker, David (PhD) Bonar 1996 2001
Ulrich, Taylor (MS) Bonar 2016 2018
Teal, Chad (PhD) Bonar 2018 Present
Tamayo, Mariana (MS) Bonar 1996 1998
Rheude, Margaret (MS) Culver 2004 Present
Prival, David (MS) Bonar 1997 2001
Nemec, Zachary (MS) Bonar 2016 2019
Major, Walter (MS) Bonar 1997 2000
Macias Duarte, Alberto (PhD) Culver 2005 Present
Lee, Larissa (MS) Bonar 2016 2018
Jenney, Chris (MS) Bonar 2019 Present
Ingram, Steven (MS) Bonar 2019 Present
Grant, Joshua (MS) Bonar 2019 Present
Goode, Matt (PhD) Culver 2003 2005
Goldberg, Karen (MS) Bonar 1998 2002
Gatewood, Doreen (MS) Bonar 2001 2004
Freed, Emily (MS) Bonar 2019 Present
Fayram, Andrew (MS) Bonar 1994 1996
Dwyer, James (MS) Culver 2002 Present
Donaldson, Brad (MS) Culver 2006 2008
Decker, Paula (PhD) Culver 2008 Present
Cote, Isabella (PhD) Bonar 2004 2007
Corral, Lucia (PhD) Culver 2015 Present
Boyd, Hilary (MS) Bonar 1997 2001
Blais, Brian (PhD) Culver 2015 Present
Bennett, Kendall (PhD) Culver 2015 Present