Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program—2016 year in review

Circular 1424
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The Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units (CRU) Program had a productive year in 2016. Despite vacancies in our scientist ranks exceeding 20 percent, our research, training, and teaching portfolio was full and we graduated 93 students and published 398 manuscripts primarily focused on addressing the real conservation challenges of our cooperators. As I’ve stated before, our mission is our legacy: 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 scientists and the manner in which they approach our mission continue to inspire me. The most rewarding part of my job is meeting and engaging with the students they recruit—the conservation professionals of the future. I cannot help but feel uplifted after discussions with and presentations by these young men and women. Personally, I owe my place in the profession today to the mentoring I received as a CRU student, and today’s CRU scientists have raised the bar. It gives me hope for the future of conservation, and added motivation to see our vacancies filled so that we can expand our portfolio.

The National Cooperators’ Coalition has been active and is strategically working to build support on our behalf. Sincere thanks to the American Fisheries Society, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the Boone and Crockett Club, the National Association of University Fish and Wildlife Programs, the Wildlife Management Institute, and The Wildlife Society for their efforts and those of their affiliated members.

We co-sponsored a workshop at the 2016 North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference along with the American Fisheries Society, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the Wildlife Management Institute, and The Wildlife Society, titled “Barriers and Bridges in Reconnecting Natural Resources Science and Management.” The workshop was well received and we have been asked to continue the dialogue with a second workshop in 2017. It was evident during the workshop that the CRU is viewed by our cooperators as an important and essential linkage between academia and practitioners. This is testament to the legacy of the CRU 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 CRU projects with information on how results have been or are being applied by cooperators. That is the essence of what we do: science that matters.

Suggested Citation

Organ, J.F., Thompson, J.D., Dennerline, D.E., and Childs, D.E., 2017, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program—2016 year in review: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1424, 44 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
  • Current (2017) Vacancies
  • Science Themes
  • Where Are They Now?
  • Accolades
  • Professional Services
  • Joe Margraf Retirement
  • North American Conference Science and Management Workshop
  • National Cooperators’ Coalition (NCC)
  • 2016 CRU All-Hands Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program—2016 year in review
Series title Circular
Series number 1424
ISBN 978-1-4113-4106-7
DOI 10.3133/cir1424
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description Report: vi, 44 p.; Companion File
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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