Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program—2015 Year In Review

Circular 1420
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The Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (CRU) Program had its 80th anniversary in 2015. We did not have a party, but those of us who work directly for the Unit program on a daily basis celebrate the privilege we feel in being part of one of the greatest conservation institutions in history. Our mission is our hallmark: meeting the actionable science needs of our cooperators, providing them technical guidance and assistance in interpreting and applying new advances in science, and developing the future workforce through graduate education and mentoring. Our success in accomplishing our mission is due principally to the caliber of the scientists and students they recruit, and the tremendous support from our cooperators.

The National Cooperators Coalition has been active in fostering support and I am very excited about their energy. A Special Session at the 2015 North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference was dedicated to the Unit program, and a vision for our future was presented at this most prestigious conservation policy forum. We compiled a directory of expertise within the Unit program organized within thematic science areas as identified by our cooperators. We intend for this directory to facilitate our transboundary initiatives where two or more Units in collaboration will be the catalyst that binds agencies and organizations together on landscape scale conservation science. We are co-sponsoring a workshop at the 2016 North American conference, along with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the American Fisheries Society, and The Wildlife Society to jump-start a dialogue on and identify issues associated with the widening gap between science and management. The CRU is viewed by our cooperators as being the standard for delivering actionable science in conservation, and the exception to the emerging trend. This is testament to the legacy of the Unit Program and the foundation it is built upon.

In this Year in Review report, you will find details on staffing, vacancies, research funding, and other pertinent information. You will also see snapshots of Unit projects with information on how results have been or are being applied by cooperators. That is the essence of what we do: science that matter.

Suggested Citation

Organ, J.F.; Thompson, J.D.; Dennerline, Don; and Childs, D.E., 2016, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units—2015 year in review: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1420, 36 p.,

ISSN: 2330-5703 (online)

ISSN: 1067-084X (print)

Table of Contents

  • Chief’s Message
  • Background
  • CRU Mission and Facts
  • Training the Conservation Workforce
  • Leveraging Resources
  • Outreach and Training
  • Budget and Staffing
  • New Hires and Staffing Changes
  • Science Themes
  • Accolades
  • AFWA Resolution
  • Professional Services
  • North American Conference Special Session dedicated to the Units
  • NCC Coalition Committee
  • Photograph Credits
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program—2015 Year In Review
Series title Circular
Series number 1420
DOI 10.3133/cir1420
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Leetown
Description iii, 31 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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