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

Pennsylvania Research Activities


Collaring White-tailed deer fawn as part of a study of fawn survival, Pennsylvania.

Unit personnel conduct interdisciplinary applied and basic research in fish and wildlife management and contribute to graduate education. The Unit's research emphasis is on (1) integrating ecology and management of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, (2) evaluating the effects of human activities on wildlife, fish, and their habitats, and (3) providing guidelines for restoring and maintaining important terrestrial and aquatic communities.

Project Completion Date
Landscape genetics of white-tailed deer to assess population structure for surveillance of chronic wasting disease June 2017
Characterization of habitat for pheasant in wild pheasant recovery areas of Pennsylvania November 2014
A decision support mapper for conserving stream fish habitats of the Northeast Climate Science Center region June 2016
Snowshoe Hare Habitat Relationships in Response to Northern Forest Management December 2015
Structured Decision Making for Key Deer Management and Recovery June 2014
Linking fish health, contaminants, and population dynamics of smallmouth bass populations in the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania April 2017
Fall harvest rates of female wild turkeys in New York March 2017
Deer abundance and its relationship to factors that affect forest vegetation conditions June 2022
Allegheny Woodrat: Identifying Strategies to Conserve a Declining Species September 2014
Using North American Breeding Bird Survey Data to Evaluate Portential Consequences of Energy Development and Other Land Use Changes on Bird Populations in the Northeast Appalachian Region September 2014
Spatial analysis of large mammals to assess harvest vulnerability in relation to anthropogenic factors December 2014
Surveillance and monitoring of river otter in Pennsylvania December 2014
Characterization of spatial and temporal variability in fishes in response to climate change August 2017
Trans-boundary management and conservation: linking large-scale dynamics to ecological monitoring and management September 2014
Fish Community Assessment in the Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network and Integration with Existing Monitoring Data May 2015
Developing an adaptive management approach for potential surveillance and spread of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer in Pennsylvania December 2014
The effects of cross-scale interactions on freshwater ecosystem state across space and time May 2016
Modeling species response to environmental change: development of integrated, scalable Bayesian models of population persistence March 2014
Harvest Rates of Hen Wild Turkeys in Pennsylvania June 2014
Developing An Adaptive Management Approach For Meeting Deer And Forest Management Objectives September 2013
Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) Reproduction, Habitat Use, and Movement Dynamics in the Niagara River/Niagara Bar, Lake Ontario September 2013
Comparative Energetics of Lake Trout Morphotypes June 2013
Nations Fish Habitat at Multiple Spatial Scales in a Rapidly Changing Climate September 2014
Methods of estimating deer abundance at Gettysburg National Military Park: Testing model assumptions December 2011
Spatial and Temporal Components of Variation in Great Lake Percid Populations June 2011
Evaluation of Wild Trout Resources and Restoration Efforts in Pennsylvania June 2015
Distribution of PCB Congeners in Pennsylvania Streams and Fish: Implications for Risk Assessment and Fish Health December 2011
Dispersal of female white-tailed deer in Pennsylvania May 2012
Effects of shrub removal on breeding grassland sparrows December 2012
Dispersal rates, timing, and distances of Pennsylvania black bears June 2011
Movement and habitat use of sika and white-tailed deer on Assateague Island National Seashore August 2008
Incorporating radio telemetry data in tag-return studies May 2013
Evaluation of the PA Sex-Age-Kill Model for White-tailed Deer May 2010
Testing Assumptions of Distance Sampling to Estimate Abundance of White-tailed Deer December 2011
Landscape transcriptomics as a new tool for natural resources management December 2021
Forecasting Aquatic Invasions in Rivers: Using Riverscapes Genetics to Inform Invasive Fish Species Management at Regional Scales September 2022
Surveillance Optimization Project for Chronic Wasting Disease: Streamlining a Web Application for Disease Visualization and Data-Driven Decisions December 2021
North American interdisciplinary chronic wasting disease research consortium: NCDC234 September 2024
Regional assessment of cause-specific mortality in white-tailed deer populations, and in- fluence of landscape attributes and deer density on CWD spread through juvenile deer dispersal and seasonal movements August 2021
A standardized, high-throughput genetic resource to inform white-tailed deer population and disease management August 2021
Scale, Space, and Time: A Unifying Approach to Aquatic Invasions December 2026
Quantifying the impacts of climate change on fish growth and production to enable sustainable management of diverse inland fisheries August 2022
Changes in forest composition through time due to charcoal production for the iron industry, tree harvest, and deer browse September 2021
Snowshoe hare habitat relationships in response to prescribed burn and northern forest management December 2021