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

Headquarters Education Activities


Northern Pintail Drake at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

As part of our mission, Unit scientists teach graduate level courses, mentor graduate students, and provide continuing education for our cooperators. By combining teaching, research and technical assistance, the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit provides students not only with an opportunity to pursue a graduate degree, but also receive unparalleled scientific training and applied work experience. By training the next generation of natural resource scientists, we enable the sound management of the nation's natural resources.

A few recent course offerings are provided below.


Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Wildlife Population Analysis Grand 2016-08-19 2016-12-10
Wildlife Population Analysis Grand 2005-08-17 2005-12-15
Wildlife Population Analysis Grand 2001-08-20 2001-12-15
Wildlife Conservation and Management Organ, DeStefano 2011-11-21 2011-12-04
Use of focal species for coservation planning Grand 2011-01-10 2011-05-10
Special Topics Population Analysis Grand 2005-01-05 2005-05-11
Special Problem in Wildlife Science:MATLAB Programming Grand 2008-01-08 2008-05-10
Special Problem in Wildlife Science:Analysis of Live/Dead Recapture/Recovery Data Grand 2006-01-06 2006-05-12
Special Problem - Analysis of Live/Dead Recapture/Recovery Data Grand 2004-01-20 2004-05-05
Readings in Wildlife Ecology Organ 1995-01-26 1995-05-30
Quantitative Fisheries Science Margraf 2008-01-21 2008-05-12
Quantitative Fisheries Science Margraf 2006-01-22 2006-05-15
Quantitative Fisheries Science Margraf 2004-01-16 2004-05-10
Quantitative Fisheries Science Margraf 2002-01-17 2002-05-15
Quantitative Fisheries Science Margraf 2000-09-05 2000-12-13
Quantitative Conservation Biology Grand 2007-01-07 2007-05-10
Principles of Wildlife Management Organ 1990-01-26 1990-05-30
Plant Community Ecology Organ 2015-09-11 2015-12-11
Occupancy Estimation and Modeling Grand 2006-08-18 2006-12-10
Occupancy Analysis Grand 2013-10-01 2014-09-30
Intro to GIS Grand 2011-01-10 2011-05-10
Independent Study Margraf 2005-01-20 2005-05-13
Independent Study Margraf 2002-01-15 2002-05-15
Human dimensions of Wildlife Conservation Organ 2014-11-06 2014-11-20
Habitat Use, Selection, and Occupancy Grand, Steury 2010-06-29 2010-07-29
Ecology and management of Wetland Wildlife Organ 1986-01-26 1986-05-30
Dynamics and Management of Wildlife Poplations Grand 2016-08-19 2016-12-10
Directed Study: Course Defisn Grand 2008-05-19 2008-08-09
Design and analysis of wildlife survival studies Grand 1999-08-20 1999-12-05
Contemporary Issues in Fisheries Science Margraf 2005-01-20 2005-05-13
Contemporary Issues in Fisheries Science Margraf 2004-01-16 2004-05-10
Contemporary Issues in Fisheries Science Margraf 2003-01-16 2003-05-05
Contemporary Issues in Fisheries Science Margraf 2002-01-17 2002-05-15
Contemporary Issues in Fisheries Science Margraf 2001-01-22 2001-05-11
Conservation in Practice DeStefano, Organ 2013-09-03 2013-12-06
Applied dendrology Organ 2015-09-11 2015-12-11
Analysis of Wildlife Populations Grand 2016-01-11 2016-05-12
Analysis of Wildlife Populations Grand 2014-01-09 2014-05-10
Analysis of Wildlife Populations Grand 2007-08-18 2007-12-10
Analysis of Wildlife Populations Grand 2005-08-18 2005-12-10
Analysis of Wildlife Populations Grand 2003-08-20 2003-12-10
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
USFWS/USGS Adaptive Management: Structured Decision Making for Recurrent Decisions Irwin, Williams, Runge, Nichols, Johnson, Mayer, Rumph 2010-08-13
U.S. Department of the Interior, Motorboat Operators Certification Course, Athens, Georgia (co-taught with Don Dennerline and Christa Zweig) Dennerline, Zweig, Jennings 2009-08-12
U.S. Department of the Interior, Motorboat Operator Certification Course Jennings, Dennerline 2017-08-09
U.S. Department of the Interior, Motorboat Operator Certification Course Jennings, Dennerline 2017-05-10
U.S. Department of the Interior, Motorboat Operator Certification Course Jennings, Dennerline, Bettoli 2012-06-08
Principles and Techniques of Wildlife Conservation and Management, Andres Bello University, Santiago, Chile -- Ph.D. students in Conservation Medicine from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Guatemala and professionals from 3 conservation agencies in Chile DeStefano, Organ 2011-12-05
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 2003-10-23
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Margraf 2008-06-05
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 2005-01-28
Leadership Training Workshop: Running an Effective Business Meeting. I have given this training at both the national (10X) and regional level (7X) Margraf 2009-08-31
Introduction to Structured Decision Making, National Conservation Training Center, Sheperdstown, WV. Served as a teaching Assistant. Dennerline 2009-08-28
Introduction to Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management. DeStefano, Organ, Stevens 2015-07-17
How to run an effective meeting using Robert's Rules. Continuing Education course taught at the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Ketchikan, AK 13 November 2007. Margraf 2007-11-13
Development of an Adaptive Management Framework for Managing Natural Resources at Tims Ford Dam. (Instructor: Jim Peterson, Assistant: Don Dennerline) Dennerline, Peterson 2010-07-21
Continuing Education Course: Under the gavel: moving meetings effectively with Robert's Rules of Order. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Sitka, AK. Margraf 2004-11-15
Co-organizer and presenter of a full-day workshop "The Play's the Thing: An Adaptive Management Re-enactment," The Wildlife Society 15th Annual Conference, 8-12 November 2008, Miami, FL Moore, Conroy, Williams 2008-11-08
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
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, 15-19 September 2008, Shepherdstown, WV. Preparation and delivery of 6 course modules. Moore, Kendall, Johnson, Williams 2008-09-19
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 2005-07-27
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 2005-08-03
Title and Location Speaker Date
Non-lethal estimation of fat content of Yukon River salmon.
Presented to: West Virginia University
Margraf 2008-04-10
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 2007-09-06
Field Estimation of Energy Content of Yukon River Salmon.
Presented to: Freshwater Ecosystems Seminar of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Margraf 2006-04-12
AL-GAP: Gap Analysis for Alabama
Presented to: Auburn
Grand 2002-10-10
Title Presenter Date
�Determining proximate composition of live fish using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis� presented to Fisheries Management class, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. September 2005. Margraf 2005-09-29
The dusky Canada goose - natural catastrophy or anthropogenic magnet? Seminar CWS Northern Prairies Research Centre Grand 2000-09-10
Structured Decision Making in Wildlife Management Grand 2015-06-30
Structured Decision Making in Wildlife Management Grand 2014-06-06
Structured Decision Making in Wildlife Management Grand 2010-05-28
Strategic Habitat Conservation and Adaptive Management Grand 2010-04-15
Population modeling for spectacled eiders - BIOL 7360 Grand 2000-11-07
Population Dynamics in Fisheries Management Dennerline 2005-10-17
Landcover methodology for Alabama Gap Analysis Project Grand 2003-11-11
Gap Analysis for Conservation of Biodiversity in Alabama Grand 2003-12-09
Gap Analysis for Alabama Grand 2003-04-02
Gap Analysis for Alabama Grand 2002-10-10
Assessing Population Level Impacts of Petrochemical Industry Activities on Yellow-billed Loon Populations Grand 2005-01-05
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
Wilson, Heather (PhD) Grand 2003 2006
Whitman, Matthew (MS) Margraf 1999 2002
Weigner, Heidi (PhD) Margraf 2003 Present
Walls, Jonathan (MS) Grand 2009 2011
Varner, Dana (PhD) Grand 2008 2012
Van Zant, Jeff (PhD) Grand 1999 2006
Tucker, James (PhD) Grand 1998 2002
Tucker, Anna (PhD) Grand 2016 Present
Tripp, Helen (MS) Grand 2013 Present
Triebenbach, Stan (PhD) Margraf 2007 Present
Teneglia, Karen (PhD) Grand 2010 2012
Tacconelli, Michelle (MS) Grand 2007 2011
Stirling, Rachelle (MS) Grand 2010 2013
Staines, Garrett (MS) Margraf 2004 2008
Slipke, Jeff (PhD) Grand 1999 2003
Sharpe, Nick (MS) Grand 2002 2005
Saalfeld, Sarah (MS) Grand 2005 2006
Reynolds, Melissa (PhD) Grand 2001 2006
Overton, Anthony (PhD) Margraf 1998 2003
O'Donnel, Christine (PhD) Margraf 2006 2007
O'Connell, William (MS) Grand 1996 2002
Miller, Benjamin (MS) Grand 2007 2010
Medhurst, Bruce (MS) Margraf 2004 2007
McClure, Chris (PhD) Grand 2008 2010
Martin, Aaron (MS) Margraf 2005 2007
Mahoney, Peter (MS) Grand 2008 2011
MacLean, Scott (MS) Margraf 1999 2003
Kessler, Herbert (MS) Grand 2005 2006
Keever, Allison (MS) Grand 2011 2014
Jolley, David (MS) Grand 2003 2006
Hunter, Susan (MS) Grand 2008 2011
Hudson, Steven (MS) Grand 2001 2003
Holtfretter, Rob (PhD) Grand 2007 Present
Holliman, F. (PhD) Margraf 2002 2003
Hoem, Tammy (PhD) Margraf 2007 Present
Hartup, Wendi (MS) Grand 2001 2005
Hartke, Kevin (MS) Grand 1998 2001
Gregovich, David (MS) Margraf 2004 2007
Green, Elizabeth (MS) Margraf 2006 Present
Graham, Stephanie (MS) Grand 2011 2015
Gibson, Charles (MS) Grand 2003 2004
Fox, Brian (MS) Grand 2007 2012
Ferrara, Allyse (PhD) Grand 1999 2001
Farrell, Patrick (MS) Grand 2012 2014
Edenfield, Lorena (MS) Margraf 2008 Present
Dupuis, Aaron (MS) Margraf 2007 Present
Draper, John (MS) Grand 2015 Present
Dion, Cheryl (MS) Margraf 1997 2002
Damon, Lowery (MS) Grand 2009 2011
Carter, William (MS) Margraf 2006 Present
Caroffino, David (PhD) Margraf 2007 Present
Butler, Catherine (MS) Grand 2011 2013
Brongo, Lara (MS) Grand 2001 2003
Bidrowski, Tom (MS) Grand 1999 2005
Barnhardt, Richard (PhD) Margraf 2003 2004
Andress, Rob (MS) Grand 2001 2001
Alix, Diane (MS) Grand 2010 2013