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

Iowa Education Activities

Northern Leopard frog in an Iowa wetland.

The Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit has a 70-year history of research in support of our state, federal, and non-government cooperators. This research program has also provided graduate training for nearly 240 M.S. and Ph.D. students, the vast majority of which have pursued professional careers as management and research biologists, as well as university faculty. Our students pursue degrees in Animal Ecology, Fisheries Biology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Environmental Science. Our three Unit scientists advise roughly 10 students in any given year. Our students are typically supported by research assistantships with minimum stipends of $19,075 and fringe benefits. In addition, M.S. candidates receive a 50% resident tuition waiver, and Ph.D. students receive a full 100% tuition waiver. Our major funding sources have traditionally been the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IADNR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), but our grant portfolio usual involves several state, federal and private natural resource agencies at any given time.

More specifically, Unit scientists recently have been funded by both the fisheries and wildlife divisions of the IADNR; the Science Support Program, Division of Migratory Bird Management, and the Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region of the USFWS; National Wildlife Health Center, GAP Analysis Program, and Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center of the USGS; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the Hungry Canyons Alliance in western Iowa; the Minnesota DNR; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (the research arm of Ducks Unlimited); and the National Park Service.

Most of our research involves field projects, and the majority of these occur in the agroecosystem that dominates the Iowa landscape. Therefore, our wildlife studies emphasize the impacts of agriculture on wildlife species and the effectiveness of restoration programs in sustaining viable wildlife populations. The aquatic resources of Iowa are also utilized intensively and are significantly affected by agricultural and other human activities. Our fishery research program reflects both the nature of Iowa's resources and their intense use through special emphasis on studies pertaining to habitat relationships, ecology and management of fishes, and the impact of agriculture on these resources.

Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Otis January 2006 May 2006
Stream Ecology Pierce January 2006 May 2006
Stream Ecology Pierce January 2004 May 2004
Stream Ecology Pierce January 2002 May 2002
Stream Ecology Pierce January 2000 May 2000
Stream Ecology Pierce August 2013 December 2013
Stream Ecology Pierce August 2011 December 2011
Stream Ecology Pierce August 2009 December 2009
Stream Ecology Pierce August 2007 December 2007
Seminar Koford January 2007 May 2007
Seminar Koford January 2006 May 2006
Restoration Ecology Koford August 2010 December 2010
Restoration Ecology Koford August 2008 December 2008
Restoration Ecology Koford August 2006 December 2006
Restoration Ecology Koford August 2004 December 2004
Restoration Ecology Koford August 2003 December 2003
Restoration Ecology Koford August 2002 December 2002
Restoration Ecology Koford August 2001 December 2001
Research Designs In Ecology Otis August 2002 December 2002
Quantitative Techniques in Field Ecology Otis January 2005 May 2005
Quantitative Techniques in Field Ecology Otis August 2008 December 2008
Foundations of Ecology andEvolutionary Biology Koford August 2009 December 2009
Fisheries Science Moore January 2023 May 2023
Fisheries Science Pierce January 2013 May 2013
Fisheries Science Pierce January 2011 May 2011
Fisheries Science Pierce January 2009 May 2009
Fisheries Science Pierce January 2007 May 2007
Fisheries Science Pierce January 2005 May 2005
Fish Ecology Pierce June 2002 July 2002
Fish Ecology Pierce June 2000 July 2000
Extended Field Trip - Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Klaver January 2013 May 2013
Decision-support Modeling Tucker January 2022 May 2022
Conservation by Proxy Klaver January 2014 May 2014
Analysis of Resource Selection Klaver January 2013 May 2013
Analysis of Populations Klaver August 2014 December 2014
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
Wu, Han (PhD) Otis 2005 Present
Woolnough, Daelyn (PhD) Pierce 2002 2006
Wilson, Riggs (MS) Tucker 2022 Present
Von Boeckman, Evangeline (MS) Tucker 2021 Present
Vogel, Jennifer (PhD) Koford 2006 Present
Vogel, Jennifer (MS) Koford 2003 2006
Vogel, Jen (PhD) Otis 2006 Present
Vargas, Andres (MS) Tucker 2021 Present
VanNimwegen, Ron (MS) Koford 2002 2005
Towery, Brenna (MS) Klaver 2013 Present
Szcodronski, Kim (MS) Klaver 2012 Present
Socha, Andrea (MS) Koford 2004 2006
Skrade, Paul (MS) Koford 2006 Present
Siller, Rachel (PhD) Tucker 2021 Present
Shire, Taylor (MS) Koford 2009 2010
Rude, Claire (MS) Tucker 2022 Present
Robles, Abel (MS) Koford 2007 2010
Renner, Seth (MS) Moore 2022 Present
Reeves, Rebecca (MS) Klaver 2012 2014
Potter, Lisa (MS) Koford 2002 2006
Pillsbury, Finn (PhD) Koford 2006 2010
Pillsbury, Finn (MS) Otis 2004 2006
Piel, Alex (MS) Koford 2002 2004
Penne, Chris (MS) Otis 2005 2007
Pedersen, Janni (PhD) Koford 2006 Present
Parks, Timothy (MS) Pierce 2010 Present
Palic, Dusan (PhD) Pierce 2001 2005
Ozawa, Haishin (MS) Otis 2004 2004
Olechnowski, Brian (PhD) Otis 2004 2009
Olechnowski, Brian (PhD) Koford 2004 2009
Nixon, Bridget (PhD) Tucker 2021 Present
Neebling, Travis (MS) Pierce 2007 Present
Moorhouse, Amy (MS) Klaver 2013 Present
Maurer, Kristine (MS) Pierce 2010 Present
Martin, Leanne (MS) Koford 2003 2005
Lu, Pencheng (PhD) Otis 2004 2006
Lewis, Madeleine (PhD) Tucker 2022 Present
Lagacy, Eli (MS) Tucker 2022 Present
Koch, Jeff (MS) Pierce 2006 Present
Knoot, Tricia (MS) Koford 2001 2004
Klimksiek, Edward (MS) Koford 2003 2004
Kaloczi, Juliana (MS) Tucker 2023 Present
Kaatz, Sara (MS) Pierce 2001 2004
Inselman (SDSU), Will (MS) Klaver 2012 Present
Ibarra-Garibay, Erika (PhD) Tucker 2022 Present
Huang, Ling (MS) Otis 2003 2005
Hovick, Torre (MS) Koford 2006 2010
Hentjes, Valerie (MS) Otis 2006 Present
Hentges, Valerie (MS) Pierce 2006 Present
Henry, Drew (MS) Otis 2006 Present
Henningsen, John (MS) Koford 2000 2003
Harms, Tyler (MS) Koford 2009 2011
Hall, Embere (MS) Otis 2003 2005
Gregory, Cory (MS) Koford 2008 2010
Grant, Tyler (PhD) Koford 2009 Present
Giese, Jordan (PhD) Tucker 2021 2022
Gardner, Lynne (PhD) Klaver 2012 Present
Folks, Karri (PhD) Klaver 2013 Present
Fischer, Jesse (PhD) Pierce 2008 Present
Fiolek, Connor (MS) Moore 2023 Present
Falcy, Matt (PhD) Otis 2006 Present
Erwin, Mike (MS) Otis 2008 Present
Egertson, Chris (MS) Pierce 2001 2003
Dale, Julia (MS) Klaver 2014 Present
Crain, James (MS) Klaver 2014 Present
Cope, Robert (PhD) Tucker 2022 Present
Conover, Ross (PhD) Koford 2006 2009
Colvin, Mike (PhD) Otis 2008 Present
Colbert, Paul (MS) Otis 2004 2006
Caruthers, Jennett (MS) Otis 2007 Present
Boyer, Kelly (PhD) Klaver 2013 Present
Benson, Thomas (MS) Koford 2000 2003
Barbknecht, Andrea (MS) Otis 2005 2007
Anderson, Christopher (MS) Klaver 2013 Present
Almond, Ann (PhD) Klaver 2013 Present