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

North Carolina Education Activities


Edye Kornegay holding a Sharp-shinned Hawk while mist-netting in Four Oaks, NC.

North Carolina Unit scientists offer educational instruction in multiple forms. They instruct university graduate-level courses in their topical areas of expertise; they advise graduate students in their thesis and dissertation research; and they conduct and organize professional workshops and symposia on special topics.

Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Tropical Avian Biology Collazo January 2005 May 2005
Topics in Species-Habitat Modeling (Seminar), Fall 2008 Collazo August 2008 December 2008
Seminar in Aquatic Ecology Hightower August 2004 December 2004
Seminar in Aquatic Ecology Hightower, Kwak August 2002 December 2002
Scientific Communication in a Digital World Simons, Hightower August 2011 November 2011
Quantitative Fisheries Management Hightower August 2012 December 2012
Quantitative Fisheries Management Hightower, Raabe August 2010 December 2010
Quantitative Fisheries Management Harris, Hightower August 2008 December 2008
Quantitative Fisheries Management Hightower August 2006 December 2006
Quantitative Fisheries Management Hightower August 2004 December 2004
Quantitative Fisheries Management Hightower August 2002 December 2002
Quantitative Fisheries Management Hightower August 2000 December 2000
Ornithology Simons January 2016 May 2016
Ornithology Simons January 2014 May 2014
Ornithology Simons January 2012 May 2012
Ornithology Simons January 2010 May 2010
Ornithology Simons January 2009 May 2009
Ornithology Simons January 2007 May 2007
Ornithology Simons January 2005 May 2005
Ornithology Simons January 2003 June 2003
Ornithology Simons January 2001 May 2001
Ornithology Simons January 1999 May 1999
Ornithology Simons January 1997 May 1997
Modeling Fish and Wildlife Populations Hightower August 2009 December 2009
Management of Small Impoundments Kwak, Hightower July 2010 August 2010
Management of Small Impoundments Hightower, Kwak July 2008 August 2008
Management of Small Impoundments Kwak July 2007 July 2007
Management of Small Impoundments Hightower July 2006 August 2006
Management of Small Impoundments Kwak August 2020 December 2020
Management of Small Impoundments Kwak August 2016 October 2016
Management of Small Impoundments Kwak, Fischer August 2014 December 2014
Management of Small Impoundments Kwak August 2012 December 2018
Hierarchical Species-Habitat Analysis and Conservation Collazo January 2007 May 2007
Fisheries and Wildlife Inventory and Management Kwak May 2002 June 2002
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2019 June 2019
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2021 June 2021
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2018 June 2018
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2017 June 2017
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2016 June 2016
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2015 June 2015
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2014 June 2014
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2013 June 2013
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2012 June 2012
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2011 June 2011
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2010 June 2010
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2009 June 2009
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2008 June 2008
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2007 June 2007
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2006 June 2006
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2005 July 2005
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2004 July 2004
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak June 2003 July 2003
Decision Analysis for Conservation and Management of Natural Resources Collazo, Pacifici August 2014 December 2014
Conservation Design for Manatee in Puerto Rico Collazo, Drew August 2010 December 2010
Climate Change and Conservation Collazo, McKerrow, Drew, Terando August 2009 December 2009
Bayesian Methods in Fisheries Science Hightower August 2010 December 2010
Avian Migration Collazo January 2003 May 2003
Animal Physiology and Conservation Collazo, Martinez August 2020 December 2020
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
Workshop on Estimating Animal Abundance. Universidade de Evora, Portugal Simons July 2008
Veran, S. and J. A. Collazo. 2012. Principles of Statistics I. Workshop offered to PRDNER Staff, JOBANES, Puerto Rico. April. Collazo, Veran April 2012
Using a DIDSON multibeam sonar to assess fish populations. Workshop presented to NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Raleigh, NC. Hightower November 2007
Techniques For Fish Habitat Monitoring Using Side-Scan Sonar. North Carolina Chapter, American Fisheries Society, 2014 Meeting, Durham, NC. February 18, 2014. Hightower February 2014
Shorebird Ecology and Management. CLM2119, National Conservation Training Center. Workshop offered at Merritt Island NWR, October 24-28, 2011. Collazo, Lyons October 2011
Shorebird Ecology and Management. Collazo, Lyons August 2007
Sampling Elusive Wildlife Species: Accounting for Detection Probability, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. Simons July 2011
OSA Webinar--Overview and rationale for project entitled Designing sustainable landscapes for avian conservation. Collazo, Grand July 2013
MOCC On-the-water portion, two students. Hightower February 2010
Kwak, T.J., J.R. Fischer, and K.H. Pollock 2014. Developing Standard Fish Sampling Techniques. Workshop for Commonwealth and local Caribbean fisheries and aquatic biologists. July 15-16, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kwak, Fischer July 2014
Introductory course on occupancy analysis to upper level undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Puerto Rico (Arecibo and Mayaguez Campus). Collazo October 2020
Introduction to Structured Decision Making and Adaptive Management. Collazo, Conroy November 2012
Introduction to Occupancy Estimation and Modeling. Hostetter January 2021
Introduction to Distance Sampling. Eric D. Stolen and Jaime A. Collazo. Offered at the Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. February 8-10, 2007. Collazo February 2007
Hightower, J. E. 2009. Estimating fish mortality rates using conventional tagging and telemetry. Conservation Science Web Conference Series, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Shepherdstown, WV, July 16, 2009. Hightower July 2009
Factors Affecting Detection Probabilities on Avian Point Counts Simons March 2006
Experimental Design for Natural Resources Managers. Collazo, Conroy August 2012
Distance Sampling and Occupancy Modeling. Workshop to UPR and DNER, August 4-6, 2008. Collazo August 2008
Design and analysis of tagging studies used to estimate fishing and natural mortality. Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society 2014 Spring Meeting, Charleston, SC. Co-instructor with Janice Kerns (U. Florida) Hightower January 2014
Continuing Education short-course for NC AFS chapter, February 28, 2012. Co-instructor with Kim Sparks, Chris DeRolph. ArcMap, web services, and ArcGIS 10. Raleigh, NC. Hightower February 2012
Conservation Design for Sustainable Avian Populations in the Eastern United States. SAMBI Partners Workshops, August 12-13 (Raleigh, NC). Collazo August 2008
An Introduction to Structured Decision Making for Natural Resources Managers Collazo, Pacifici, Shea September 2013
American Oystercatcher Monitoring Methods Simons, Stocking March 2010
ASMFC Advanced Stock Assessment Training Workshop, Fisheries Tagging Studies: Theory, Methods, and Applications. Raleigh, NC. Pollock, Hightower August 2006
Title and Location Speaker Date
The importance of estimating detection probability in animal sampling
Presented to: Murdoch University
Simons July 2011
The importance of estimating detection probability in animal sampling
Presented to: Clemson University
Simons February 2015
The importance of estimating detection probabilies in animal sampling.
Presented to: Virginia Tech
Simons September 2010
Swimming against the current: the ecology of Caribbean freshwater stream fish.
Presented to: University of Georgia
Kwak November 2009
Sources of Detection Bias in Avian and Amphibian Sampling
Presented to: Duke University
Simons January 2011
Simons, T.R. and S.A. Shriner. 2001. Development of predictive models from breeding bird inventory data. All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory Conference. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. November 2001. Invited
Presented to: Great Smoky Mountains 2001 ATBI Conference
Simons November 2001
Shorebird Ecology and Conservation
Presented to: Virginia Tech. University
Collazo April 2005
Shorebird Conservation in the Southeastern United States.
Presented to: University of Florida
Collazo October 2006
Research advances in Puerto Rico stream fisheries.
Presented to: US Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 4 Headquarters
Kwak July 2013
Refueling dynamics of Semipalmated Sandpipers on their northbound migration. Seminar, Ecology/Biology Program, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. September 11, 2008.
Presented to: UNC-Chapel Hill
Collazo September 2008
Progress, challenges, and opportunities in landscape-scale decision support for conservation of freshwater aquatic species
Presented to: South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Kwak, Drew August 2015
Invasive versus endangered fish species: can they coexist?
Presented to: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech
Kwak February 2006
Integrated age-at-harvest models to evaluate abundance, demographic rates, and harvest of wildlife populations
Presented to: University of Washington
Hostetter December 2021
Identifying factors that influence the ecological success of fishes: spatial, temporal, and organizational approaches.
Presented to: Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia
Kwak January 2001
Identifying factors that influence the ecological success of fishes: spatial, temporal, and organizational approaches.
Presented to: College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University
Kwak March 2003
Identifying factors that influence the ecological success of fishes: spatial, temporal, and organizational approaches
Presented to: Department of Forest Resources, North Carolina State University.
Kwak October 2000
Hydroacoustic survey methods, Roanoke River, NC.
Presented to: University of Maine
Hightower July 2009
How dams and dam removals affect fish migration and spawning
Presented to: East Carolina University
Hightower October 2011
Haematopology – the ecology and conservation of American Oystercatchers: 15 years of collaborative focal species research in shorebird conservation.”* Invited Plenary Lecture,
Presented to: Western Hemisphere Shorebird Conference, Wallops Island, Virginia, September 2015
Simons October 2015
Fifteen Years of American Oystercatcher Research on the Outer Banks of North Carolina - Focal Species Management in a Dynamic Environment
Presented to: Western Australian Wildlife Research Center
Simons July 2011
Fifteen Years of American Oystercatcher Research on the Outer Banks of North Carolina - Focal Species Management in a Dynamic Environment
Presented to: NCSU Fisheries and Wildlife Program/NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Simons February 2010
Fifteen Years of American Oystercatcher Research in Coastal North Carolina.
Presented to: UNC Center for Marine Science and Technology
Simons November 2010
Estimating Detection Probabilities in Animal Sampling
Presented to: University of Tennessee
Simons September 2014
Ecology and management of a domestic invasive species -or- why we shouldn’t move fish around.
Presented to: University of Nebraska
Kwak March 2009
Ecology and management of a domestic invasive species -or- why we shouldn't move fish around.
Presented to: Department of Biology, North Carolina State University.
Kwak September 2008
Double trouble: amphidromy and conservation of Caribbean stream fish.
Presented to: University of Maine
Kwak September 2015
Double trouble: amphidromy and conservation of Caribbean stream fish.
Presented to: Virginia Commonwealth University
Kwak September 2016
Double trouble: amphidromy and conservation of Caribbean stream fish
Presented to: Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech.
Kwak March 2017
Double trouble: amphidromy and conservation of Caribbean river fish
Presented to: Iowa State University
Kwak March 2021
Double trouble: amphidromy and conservation of Caribbean river fish
Presented to: East Carolina University
Kwak March 2020
Cooperative research on riverine fish resources.
Presented to: NC State University Fisheries and Wildlife Program Joint Seminar with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Kwak October 2006
Amazing Migrants
Presented to: NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Simons August 2012
Acoustical Communication in Birds
Presented to: Science Cafe - NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Simons January 2013
?Conservation of southern Appalachian songbirds; methods, models, and emerging issues.? Keynote address, Partners in Flight Annual Meeting, Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, VA, March 2003.
Presented to: Virginai Tech
Simons March 2003
?Application of capture-recapture type models in point count surveys.? The Statistical Society of Canada, Montreal, Canada, May 2004.* (presented by Ken Pollock).
Presented to: Statistical Society of Canada
Pollock, Simons May 2004
06/15/2006"Breeding bird inventories in Great Smoky Mountains National Park ? links to research and monitoring." 2006. Association of Southeastern Biologists 67th annual meeting, Gatlinburg, TN.*
Presented to: Univeristy of Tennessee
Simons June 2006
"The importance of estimating detection probabilities in animal sampling." University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, April 2005.*
Presented to: University of North Carolina
Simons April 2005
"The American Oystercatcher Working Group." 2007 International Workshop on Oystercatcher Research, Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands.*
Presented to: University of Gronigen/SOLVON
Simons October 2007
"Status and distribution of the American Oystercatcher." 2007 International Wader Study Group Annual Conference, Workshop on Conservation Status of Oystercatchers Around the World, La Rochelle, France.*
Presented to: University of La Rochelle
Simons September 2007
"Sources of measurement error, misclassification error, and bias in auditory avian point count data." 2007 EURING Technical Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.*
Presented to: Universtiy of Dunedin
Simons January 2007
"Modeling wildlife habitat relationships, issues of scale and accuracy." Duke University, Durham, NC, September 2004.*
Presented to: Duke University
Simons September 2004
"Dissecting detection probabilities on avian point count censuses." National Breeding Bird Survey State Coordinator's Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 2005.*
Presented to: Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Simons April 2005
Title Presenter Date
Water quality and the environment Kwak February 2001
Using hydroacoustics in fisheries science Hightower November 2005
Using hydroacoustics in fisheries science Hightower January 2010
Telemetry methods for estimating mortality rates in fish Hightower October 2006
Telemetry methods for estimating mortality rates in fish Hightower October 2004
Studying migration and habitat use/availability for anadromous fishes Hightower March 2008
Stream and Lake Fish Sampling Techniques Kwak March 2021
Restoration of endangered psitticines in the Caribbean. Collazo December 2001
Observational and experimental studies in applied landscape ecology Simons March 2008
Observational and experimental studies in applied landscape ecology Simons March 2003
Navigating the submission and review process for journal articles Hightower October 2014
Navigating the submission and review process for journal articles Hightower October 2013
Invasive Aquatic Species Ecology and Management Kwak January 2014
Importance of Detection Probability in Animal Samplin Simons January 2009
Importance of Detection Probability in Animal Samplin Simons February 2008
Fish Trophic Ecology Kwak October 2005
Examining habitat use and availability for anadromous fishes Hightower March 2004
Examining habitat use and availability for anadromous fishes Hightower February 2003
Estimating abundance and mortality using age data Hightower October 2000
Estimating Avian Abundance with Point Counts Simons November 2002
Ecology of Caribbean Fishes Kwak January 2018
Ecology and Conservation of Shorebirds Collazo October 2006
Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Shorebirds in the SE US Collazo June 2004
Ecological modeling (panel discussion) Hightower October 2013
Developing and Managing a Research Budget Kwak September 2014
Developing and Managing a Research Budget Kwak October 2016
Developing and Managing a Research Budget Kwak October 2015
Cooperative Research in the NC Unit Kwak October 2015
Conservation of forest sonbirds in the southern Appalachians Simons November 2000
Conservation of endangered psitticines Collazo April 2001
Conservation of Neotropical Migrants Simons October 2000
Conservation of Marine Birds Simons October 2003
Community Ecology Kwak March 2003
Careers in Fishery Science Kwak November 2004
Career development in ecological sciences Kwak September 2003
Aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling and ecology Kwak June 2001
Adaptive Management Framework for Migratory Shorebirds in southeastern US Collazo February 2004
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
del Toro, Felix (PhD) Collazo 2002 2008
Yoshizaki, Jun (PhD) Hightower 2004 2007
Xiao, Guanxi (PhD) Hightower 2013 Present
Weldon, Aimee (MS) Simons 2000 2004
Vega, Mariely (PhD) Collazo 2020 Present
Thompson, Jessica (PhD) Hightower 2000 2006
Thompson, Catherine (MS) Collazo 2003 2007
Thomas, Liessa (PhD) Simons 2000 2004
Tharp, Ryan (MS) Hostetter 2021 Present
Teitsworth, Eric (PhD) Kwak 2021 Present
Tarr, Nathan (MS) Collazo 2006 2008
Taillie, Paul (MS) Collazo 2010 2013
Sustache, Jose (MS) Collazo 2002 2008
Smith, William (MS) Hightower 2005 2007
Smith, Joe (MS) Kwak 2007 2009
Simamora, Trifosa (MS) Collazo 2021 Present
Shehdan, Meredith (MS) Kwak 2020 Present
Shake, Corey (MS) Simons 2005 2010
Schwenke, Kara (MS) Hightower 2002 2004
Schulte, Shiloh (PhD) Collazo 2004 2005
Robinson, Jason (MS) Kwak 2000 2003
Read, Alesia (MS) Kwak 2003 2004
Popp, Anakela (MS) Kwak 2015 2017
Pluhata, Amy (MS) Simons 2009 2011
Pispinen, Jessica (MS) Simons 2010 2013
Pine, William (PhD) Hightower 2000 2003
Pierson, Katherine (MS) Hightower 2011 2011
Peffer, Sean (MS) Kwak 2004 2008
Parsons, Darren (PhD) Hightower 2002 2006
Parker, Stephen (MS) Kwak 2017 2019
Pandolfo, Tamara (MS) Kwak 2007 2010
Oh, Sang (PhD) Hightower 2001 2003
Obernuefemann, Kelsey (MS) Simons 2005 2008
Norwalk, Jim (MS) Simons 2001 2004
Nimitz, Wyatt (MS) Collazo 2000 2005
Neal, Wes (PhD) Kwak 2001 2003
Nawrocki, Justin (PhD) Kwak 2011 2016
Mosher, Shad (MS) Kwak 2007 2008
Mort, Sandra (PhD) Kwak 2012 2017
Millstein, Erika (MS) Hightower 2007 2009
Miller, Veronica (MS) Collazo 2003 2007
McGowan, Mat (PhD) Simons 2003 2009
Malone, Meredith (MS) Collazo 2004 2006
Lombard, Claudia (MS) Simons 2003 2007
Llerandi, Ivan (MS) Collazo 2003 2005
Lee Pow, Crystal (PhD) Kwak 2011 2016
Kovach, Salina (MS) Simons 2003 2008
Kornegay, Edy (MS) Simons 2010 2012
Kerns, Janice (PhD) Hightower 2009 2013
Johnson, Tara (MS) Kwak 2017 2020
Johnson, Eric (PhD) Hightower 1998 2004
Jiang, Honghua (PhD) Hightower 2003 2005
Jiang, Honghua (MS) Hightower 2002 2003
Izzo, Lisa (MS) Hightower 2014 Present
Irizarry, Julissa (MS) Simons 2010 2012
Hux, Sharon (MS) Simons 2009 2012
Hess, Benjamin (MS) Collazo 2009 2014
Henry, Erica (PhD) Simons 2015 Present
Hengstenberg, Derek (MS) Collazo 2001 2003
Hassell, Elizabeth (PhD) Kwak 2011 2015
Harris, Julianne (PhD) Kwak 2006 2009
Gustafson, Lori (PhD) Kwak 1999 2003
Grote, Ann (MS) Hightower 2010 2013
Griffith, Eric (MS) Hightower 2002 2004
Greiner, Renae (MS) Kwak 2007 2011
Garner, Brad (MS) Hightower 2005 2008
Garabedian, James (PhD) Simons 2013 Present
Flanagan, Martha (MS) Collazo 2003 2005
Feiner, Zachary (MS) Hightower 2009 2011
Erbland, Patrick (PhD) Hightower 2011 Present
Durham, Christina (MS) Hightower 2008 2009
DeRolf, Chris (MS) Kwak 2007 2010
Cooney, Patrick (PhD) Hightower 2012 2013
Chartier, Neil (PhD) Simons 2006 2012
Carver, Mikiah (PhD) Hostetter 2021 Present
Carro, Antonio (PhD) Kwak 2013 Present
Button, Kahai (PhD) Simons 2015 Present
Burdick, Summer (MS) Kwak 2003 2005
Buczek, Sean (MS) Kwak 2014 2016
Bradley, Caitlin (MS) Hightower 2014 Present
Bowling, Shannon (MS) Simons 2010 2012
Borneman, Tracy (MS) Collazo 2010 2012
Bogdanoff, Alexander (PhD) Kwak 2018 2020
Bichy, John (MS) Hightower 1998 2004
Bell, Geoff (MS) Hightower 1999 2002
Belkoski, David (MS) Kwak 2018 2020
Behrle, Courtney (PhD) Simons 2015 Present
Bailey, Stasia (PhD) Simons 2014 Present
Bacheler, Nathan (MS) Collazo 2005 2007
Archambault, Jennifer (PhD) Kwak 2017 2020
Aguilar, Robert (MS) Hightower 1999 2003
Adamski, Kyle (MS) Hightower 2007 2009