The Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is located in the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources in Baton Rouge. Much of the Unit’s research is focused on wetlands and wetland resources, such as, oysters, coastal fisheries, waterfowl, and other water birds. Large-scale wetland issues, rich wetland fish and wildlife resources, and an extensive network of wetland scientists at LSU and the surrounding areas provide an outstanding research and educational environment for graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) students interested in a wide range of wetland-related fields. The Unit’s research generally integrates basic and applied ecology to address science and conservation needs at local, national, and international levels.
The Louisiana Water Science Center collects, analyzes and disseminates the impartial hydrologic data and information needed to wisely manage water resources for the people of Louisiana. They operate local and statewide networks to collect high-quality data that define natural and human-induced hydrologic conditions as well as analyze hydrologic processes through investigations and research to increase understanding of important water-resource issues and to promote informed decision-making.
The National Wetlands Research Center focuses on long-term, large-scale and relevant wetland research throughout the world. This research spans state and international boundaries and addresses the Department Of Interior stewardship responsibilities. The Center develops and disseminates scientific information needed for understanding the ecology and values of wetlands and for managing and restoring wetlands, coastal habitats, and associated plant and animal communities.
The New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit has initiated more than 130 research projects totaling $14 million in financial support from state, federal, university, and private cooperators. The Unit scientists address resource issues throughout the arid southwest that span from the southern Rockies to the Chihuahua and Sonoran ecosystems. Research areas of special emphasis include environmental stressors and native fish restoration and management, resource selection and population ecology of game birds and large mammals.
The New Mexico Water Science Center works in cooperation with approximately 40 municipalities, counties, tribes, compact commissions, and other local, state, and federal agencies in New Mexico to provide reliable, impartial scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers. In addition to the collection of groundwater, surface-water, water-quality, sediment, and precipitation data, the New Mexico Water Science Center conducts interpretive studies.
The Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit’s research projects are problem-oriented and designed to provide cooperators with useful information on resource issues. Unit students are currently conducting research on fisheries management in reservoirs and rivers; stream ecology; endangered, threatened, and species-at-risk including the interior least tern, mountain plover, speckled chub, leopard darter, Arkansas darter, and Ouachita dusky salamander; toxicology; management of white-tailed deer, bobwhite quail, and wild turkey; and fisheries economics. In addition, the Unit conducts aquacultural research and extension projects in cooperation with Langston University.
The Oklahoma Water Science Center investigates the occurrence, distribution, quantity, movement, and chemical and biological quality of Oklahoma’s surface and ground water. Specific water-resources activities of the Oklahoma Water Science Center include maintenance and analysis of long-term (prior to the turn of the Century) quantitative and qualitative data for streams, reservoirs, sediment, and ground water; and short-term interpretive investigations of specific water-resources issues on a local, state, regional, and national level. Such investigations include the aquifer characterization, water quality of Oklahoma’s major river basins, sedimentation of rivers and lakes, and contamination of surface water and ground water.
The Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit’s state, regional and national cooperators include Texas Tech University, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, The Wildlife Management Institute, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey. The mission of the Unit is to conduct and facilitate research, train graduate students, and provide technical service on natural resource issues of interest to cooperators and the public.
The Texas Water Science Center works in cooperation with approximately 100 municipalities, river authorities, groundwater districts, and state and federal agencies in Texas to provide reliable, impartial scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers. This information is gathered by the Texas Water Science Center to minimize the loss of life and property from natural disasters, to contribute to the conservation and sound economic and physical development of the Nation’s natural resources, and to enhance the quality of life by monitoring water, biological, energy, and mineral resources.