Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
About Our Unit
The national Cooperative Research Units Program is a unique collaborative relationship between the Federal government, universities, states, and a non-profit organization.
The first Cooperative Research Unit was established in 1935 and located in Ames Iowa at Iowa State College (now Iowa State University). With the addition of the Nebraska Unit in 2004, the CRU program is now comprised of 40 units.
The mission of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program is to
- Train graduate students for professional careers in natural resource research and management
- Conduct research that will create new information useful for management of natural resources; and,
- Provide technical assistance to cooperators.
Our students are involved in a wide variety of research, including diversity in ecological functions, invasive species, and habitats of various animals.
Novel Ecological Uses for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-UAVs
A primary application is the use of UAVs to remotely ignite controlled burns to help with management of grasslands, including the reduction of woody invasive species such as eastern red cedar. This particular line of work has led to the development of a prototype UAV. Prototypes have been utilized to initiate internal ignitions in a large prescribed fire in the Loess Canyons of Nebraska, and a very public burn at the National Park Services Homestead National Monument of America.
Read more about this project.