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 2005-01-18 2005-05-05
Topics in Species-Habitat Modeling (Seminar), Fall 2008 Collazo 2008-08-15 2008-12-31
Seminar in Aquatic Ecology Hightower 2004-08-01 2004-12-31
Seminar in Aquatic Ecology Hightower, Kwak 2002-08-19 2002-12-13
Scientific Communication in a Digital World Simons, Hightower 2011-08-22 2011-11-28
Quantitative Fisheries Management Hightower 2012-08-20 2012-12-07
Quantitative Fisheries Management Hightower, Raabe 2010-08-18 2010-12-15
Quantitative Fisheries Management Harris, Hightower 2008-08-15 2008-12-15
Quantitative Fisheries Management Hightower 2006-08-24 2006-12-08
Quantitative Fisheries Management Hightower 2004-08-01 2004-12-31
Quantitative Fisheries Management Hightower 2002-08-19 2002-12-13
Quantitative Fisheries Management Hightower 2000-08-21 2000-12-08
Ornithology Simons 2016-01-05 2016-05-05
Ornithology Simons 2014-01-10 2014-05-15
Ornithology Simons 2012-01-05 2012-05-15
Ornithology Simons 2010-01-10 2010-05-15
Ornithology Simons 2009-01-10 2009-05-15
Ornithology Simons 2007-01-10 2007-05-04
Ornithology Keller 2007-01-06 2007-05-06
Ornithology Simons 2005-01-05 2005-05-27
Ornithology Simons 2003-01-05 2003-06-05
Ornithology Simons 2001-01-05 2001-05-15
Ornithology Simons 1999-01-05 1999-05-27
Ornithology Simons 1997-01-07 1997-05-15
Modeling Fish and Wildlife Populations Hightower 2009-08-01 2009-12-31
Management of Small Impoundments Kwak 2016-08-15 2016-10-31
Management of Small Impoundments Kwak, Fischer 2014-08-15 2014-12-15
Management of Small Impoundments Kwak 2012-08-15 2018-12-15
Management of Small Impoundments Kwak, Hightower 2010-07-08 2010-08-05
Management of Small Impoundments Hightower, Kwak 2008-07-15 2008-08-07
Management of Small Impoundments Kwak 2007-07-11 2007-07-28
Management of Small Impoundments Hightower 2006-07-17 2006-08-07
Limnology Laboratory Raabe 2009-08-26 2009-12-02
Hierarchical Species-Habitat Analysis and Conservation Collazo 2007-01-17 2007-05-15
Fisheries and Wildlife Inventory and Management Kwak 2002-05-20 2002-06-21
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2019-06-04 2019-06-09
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2018-06-10 2018-06-15
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2017-06-04 2017-06-09
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2016-06-05 2016-06-10
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2015-06-07 2015-06-12
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2014-06-08 2014-06-13
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2013-06-09 2013-06-14
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2012-06-10 2012-06-15
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2011-06-12 2011-06-17
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2010-06-06 2010-06-11
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2009-06-07 2009-06-13
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2008-06-08 2008-06-13
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2007-06-10 2007-06-15
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2006-06-18 2006-06-23
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2005-06-01 2005-07-01
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2004-06-01 2004-07-01
Fisheries Techniques and Management Kwak 2003-06-01 2003-07-01
Fish Biology, Ecology, and Management Raabe 2012-01-11 2012-04-25
Decision Analysis for Conservation and Management of Natural Resources Collazo, Pacifici 2014-08-16 2014-12-20
Conservation Design for Manatee in Puerto Rico Collazo, Drew 2010-08-15 2010-12-15
Climate Change and Conservation Collazo, McKerrow, Drew, Terando 2009-08-15 2009-12-05
Birds of Alaska Keller 2009-03-01 2009-05-05
Bayesian Methods in Fisheries Science Hightower 2010-08-18 2010-12-03
Avian Migration Collazo 2003-01-03 2003-05-15
Animal Diversity Keller 2005-08-15 2005-12-15
Anatomy and Physiology Lab Kornegay 2008-08-20 2008-12-16
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
Workshop on Estimating Animal Abundance. Universidade de Evora, Portugal Simons 2008-07-09
Veran, S. and J. A. Collazo. 2012. Principles of Statistics I. Workshop offered to PRDNER Staff, JOBANES, Puerto Rico. April. Collazo, Veran 2012-04-26
Using a DIDSON multibeam sonar to assess fish populations. Workshop presented to NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Raleigh, NC. Hightower 2007-11-16
Techniques For Fish Habitat Monitoring Using Side-Scan Sonar. North Carolina Chapter, American Fisheries Society, 2014 Meeting, Durham, NC. February 18, 2014. Hightower 2014-02-18
Shorebird Ecology and Management. CLM2119, National Conservation Training Center. Workshop offered at Merritt Island NWR, October 24-28, 2011. Collazo, Lyons 2011-10-28
Shorebird Ecology and Management. Collazo, Lyons 2007-08-24
Sampling Elusive Wildlife Species: Accounting for Detection Probability, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. Simons 2011-07-13
OSA Webinar--Overview and rationale for project entitled Designing sustainable landscapes for avian conservation. Collazo, Grand 2013-07-18
MOCC On-the-water portion, two students. Hightower 2010-02-17
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 2014-07-16
Introduction to Structured Decision Making and Adaptive Management. Collazo, Conroy 2012-11-14
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 2007-02-10
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 2009-07-16
Factors Affecting Detection Probabilities on Avian Point Counts Simons 2006-03-08
Experimental Design for Natural Resources Managers. Collazo, Conroy 2012-08-30
Distance Sampling and Occupancy Modeling. Workshop to UPR and DNER, August 4-6, 2008. Collazo 2008-08-06
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 2014-01-24
Continuing education workshop for State biologists on monitoring animal populations, May 2008. Peterson, Conroy, Pacifici 2008-05-21
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 2012-02-28
Conservation Design for Sustainable Avian Populations in the Eastern United States. SAMBI Partners Workshops, August 12-13 (Raleigh, NC). Collazo 2008-08-13
Co-organizer of 2009 Adaptive Management Conference Series, 11-13 March 2009, Athens, GA Moore, Conroy, Peterson, Pacifici 2009-03-13
An Introduction to Structured Decision Making for Natural Resources Managers Collazo, Pacifici, Shea 2013-09-05
American Oystercatcher Monitoring Methods Simons, Stocking 2010-03-19
ASMFC Advanced Stock Assessment Training Workshop, Fisheries Tagging Studies: Theory, Methods, and Applications. Raleigh, NC. Pollock, Hightower 2006-08-03
Title and Location Speaker Date
The importance of estimating detection probability in animal sampling
Presented to: Murdoch University
Simons 2011-07-15
The importance of estimating detection probability in animal sampling
Presented to: Clemson University
Simons 2015-02-12
The importance of estimating detection probabilies in animal sampling.
Presented to: Virginia Tech
Simons 2010-09-23
Swimming against the current: the ecology of Caribbean freshwater stream fish.
Presented to: University of Georgia
Kwak 2009-11-10
Sources of Detection Bias in Avian and Amphibian Sampling
Presented to: Duke University
Simons 2011-01-28
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 2001-11-29
Shorebird Ecology and Conservation
Presented to: Virginia Tech. University
Collazo 2005-04-15
Shorebird Conservation in the Southeastern United States.
Presented to: University of Florida
Collazo 2006-10-09
Research advances in Puerto Rico stream fisheries.
Presented to: US Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 4 Headquarters
Kwak 2013-07-15
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 2008-09-11
Progress, challenges, and opportunities in landscape-scale decision support for conservation of freshwater aquatic species
Presented to: South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Kwak, Drew 2015-08-20
Migration, mortality and management of Caribbean amphidromous fishes
Presented to: University of Puerto Rico
Smith 2011-07-21
Invasive versus endangered fish species: can they coexist?
Presented to: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech
Kwak 2006-02-07
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 2001-01-11
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 2003-03-25
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 2000-10-02
Hydroacoustic survey methods, Roanoke River, NC.
Presented to: University of Maine
Hightower 2009-07-24
How dams and dam removals affect fish migration and spawning
Presented to: East Carolina University
Hightower 2011-10-20
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 2015-10-15
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 2011-07-14
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 2010-02-24
Fifteen Years of American Oystercatcher Research in Coastal North Carolina.
Presented to: UNC Center for Marine Science and Technology
Simons 2010-11-30
Estimating Detection Probabilities in Animal Sampling
Presented to: University of Tennessee
Simons 2014-09-17
Ecology and management of a domestic invasive species -or- why we shouldn’t move fish around.
Presented to: University of Nebraska
Kwak 2009-03-25
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 2008-09-18
Double trouble: amphidromy and conservation of Caribbean stream fish.
Presented to: University of Maine
Kwak 2015-09-28
Double trouble: amphidromy and conservation of Caribbean stream fish.
Presented to: Virginia Commonwealth University
Kwak 2016-09-26
Double trouble: amphidromy and conservation of Caribbean stream fish
Presented to: Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech.
Kwak 2017-03-14
Double trouble: amphidromy and conservation of Caribbean river fish
Presented to: East Carolina University
Kwak 2020-03-05
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 2006-10-11
Amazing Migrants
Presented to: NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Simons 2012-08-24
Acoustical Communication in Birds
Presented to: Science Cafe - NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Simons 2013-01-17
?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 2003-03-15
?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 2004-05-15
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 2006-06-15
"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 2005-04-15
"The American Oystercatcher Working Group." 2007 International Workshop on Oystercatcher Research, Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands.*
Presented to: University of Gronigen/SOLVON
Simons 2007-10-04
"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 2007-09-30
"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 2007-01-10
"Modeling wildlife habitat relationships, issues of scale and accuracy." Duke University, Durham, NC, September 2004.*
Presented to: Duke University
Simons 2004-09-15
"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 2005-04-15
Title Presenter Date
Water quality and the environment Kwak 2001-02-15
Using hydroacoustics in fisheries science Hightower 2010-01-28
Using hydroacoustics in fisheries science Hightower 2005-11-07
Telemetry methods for estimating mortality rates in fish Hightower 2006-10-09
Telemetry methods for estimating mortality rates in fish Hightower 2004-10-19
Studying migration and habitat use/availability for anadromous fishes Hightower 2008-03-13
Restoration of endangered psitticines in the Caribbean. Collazo 2001-12-06
Observational and experimental studies in applied landscape ecology Simons 2008-03-16
Observational and experimental studies in applied landscape ecology Simons 2003-03-10
Navigating the submission and review process for journal articles Hightower 2014-10-07
Navigating the submission and review process for journal articles Hightower 2013-10-29
Invasive Aquatic Species Ecology and Management Kwak 2014-01-09
Importance of Detection Probability in Animal Samplin Simons 2009-01-20
Importance of Detection Probability in Animal Samplin Simons 2008-02-15
Fish Trophic Ecology Kwak 2005-10-03
Examining habitat use and availability for anadromous fishes Hightower 2004-03-16
Examining habitat use and availability for anadromous fishes Hightower 2003-02-24
Estimating abundance and mortality using age data Hightower 2000-10-04
Estimating Avian Abundance with Point Counts Simons 2002-11-15
Ecology of Caribbean Fishes Kwak 2018-01-18
Ecology and Conservation of Shorebirds Collazo 2006-10-09
Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Shorebirds in the SE US Collazo 2004-06-15
Ecological modeling (panel discussion) Hightower 2013-10-15
Developing and Managing a Research Budget Kwak 2016-10-04
Developing and Managing a Research Budget Kwak 2015-10-15
Developing and Managing a Research Budget Kwak 2014-09-30
Cooperative Research in the NC Unit Kwak 2015-10-12
Conservation of forest sonbirds in the southern Appalachians Simons 2000-11-16
Conservation of endangered psitticines Collazo 2001-04-12
Conservation of Neotropical Migrants Simons 2000-10-15
Conservation of Marine Birds Simons 2003-10-15
Community Ecology Kwak 2003-03-27
Careers in Fishery Science Kwak 2004-11-16
Career development in ecological sciences Kwak 2003-09-09
Aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling and ecology Kwak 2001-06-19
Adaptive Management Framework for Migratory Shorebirds in southeastern US Collazo 2004-02-06
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
Thompson, Jessica (PhD) Hightower 2000 2006
Thompson, Catherine (MS) Collazo 2003 2007
Thomas, Liessa (PhD) Simons 2000 2004
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
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 Present
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
Heth, Robert (PhD) Kwak 1997 2007
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
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
Bichy, John (MS) Hightower 1998 2004
Bell, Geoff (MS) Hightower 1999 2002
Behrle, Courtney (PhD) Simons 2015 Present
Bailey, Stasia (PhD) Simons 2014 Present
Bacheler, Nathan (MS) Collazo 2005 2007
Archambault, Jennifer (PhD) Kwak 2017 Present
Aguilar, Robert (MS) Hightower 1999 2003
Adamski, Kyle (MS) Hightower 2007 2009