NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

The Cooperative Research Units Program was established to facilitate cooperation among the U.S. Department of the Interior, universities, state fish and wildlife agencies, and private organizations, by conducting programs of research and education related to fish and wildlife resource management. Accordingly, the North Carolina Coop Unit is jointly sponsored by the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, NC State University, and the Wildlife Management Institute.


Research projects undertaken by the NC Unit are field-oriented and conducted by graduate students in cooperation with Unit, other University, and agency biologists. These projects address the research and technical needs of the U.S. Geological SurveyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NC State University, and other State and Federal agencies and private organizations.

Example Research Topics:

  • Anadromous fish population dynamics and habitat relations
  • Nesting success, survival, and production of migratory birds
  • New technologies for quantifying fish and wildlife populations and trends
  • Evaluation of habitat and ecological restoration
  • Application of ecological principles to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats
  • Relationships among animals, habitat suitability, and land use
  • Effects of introduced species on native communities
  • Tropical ecology and endangered species conservation and recovery
  • Population estimation and modeling, quantitative ecology, and statistical inference of field studies


Nathan Hostetter
Assistant Leader, Fisheries

Jaime A. Collazo
Assistant Leader, Wildlife

Ruby Valeton
Business Services Coordinator